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date: 28 February 2020

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The modern world is a multitasking world: In domains ranging from office work to driving to sports to music, people frequently juggle and perform multiple tasks at the same time. This chapter examines human multitasking along a continuum of behavior that includes highly concurrent task performance (such as talking while driving) and more sequential interleaving of one task with another (as occurs after an interruption). The empirical literature is beginning to form a solid base on which to understand multitasking in both basic laboratory tasks and complex applied tasks, and an associated theoretical literature has been evolving to better explain the empirical results in terms of general aspects of human cognition. This chapter highlights these empirical and theoretical developments as well as the practical and societal implications that arise from this work.

Keywords: dual-task performance, driving, distraction, task switching, interruption, human-computer interaction

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