Multitasking Research

I am interested in examining the way users interact with technology and how their performance is affected. For my dissertation, I designed an interface with different types of multitasking scenarios (self-interruptions and external interruptions) in order to examine its effect on performance for over 600 participants.

Since then, I have worked with students to extend this work by answering other research questions on this topic. In one project we examined task switching on smartphones while in another we examined the difference in performance for mobile vs. desktop-based tasks. In my latest project, we are examining whether listening to music while working hurts task performance.

Our multitasking publications can be found here: