Gastvortrag: Andrea Kiesel

08. Dezember 2015

Multitasking - from a structural, flexible, or plastic perspective

In modern life, people face many different situations that afford multitasking. Usually such situations are associated with performance decrements, failures, and risks of accidents. In this talk, I will present the core ideas of a current priority program that aims to bring together largely independent lines of research on multitasking in order to provide a new integrative theoretical framework to account for this fundamental aspect of human behavior.
Traditional theories in cognitive psychology considered either structural limitations or limitations regarding flexibility to account for costs related to multitasking. In contrasts, movement science emphasized on the training aspect of multitasking and thus emphasized on the plasticity of behavior. Based on this notion, the interdisciplinary combination of cognitive psychology and movement science is well-suited to address questions concerning human multitask performance. The combined effort of cognitive psychology and movement science allows to provide an integrated framework that brings together the issues of structure, flexibility, and plasticity in human multitasking.