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multitasking

performing two or more tasks with a computer at the same time. The computer actually processes a small part of one task at a time, switching from one to another in a commutative manner, but it can handle so many pieces of data in brief time segments that the operator or operators are not aware of the computer switching. Also called time-sharing.

multitasking

Informatics The ability of an operating system to simultaneously run multiple programs–eg, graphics, spreadsheets, word processing or formats of software–eg, coding, compiling, testing

Multitasking

Performing multiple duties or taking on multiple responsibilities and roles simultaneously.
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To examine task switching data, mean RTs were submitted to a 2 x 2 repeated measures analysis of variance with trial (switch vs.
For the first part of the experiment, participants were seated at a table placed in the center of the room with a MacBook Pro laptop computer placed in front of them, and were then asked to complete a computer simulated task switching experiment twice (the first time for practice and the second time to record results).
Indeed, this type of switch requires the presence of distractors surrounding T2 for the AB to occur whereas task switching does not (Kawahara et al.
Marijuana impaired performance on the task switching cued condition.
An equivalent ANOVA performed on response accuracy data (proportion of errors) only revealed a significant main effect of the task switching variable, F(1, 22)= 9.
Modelling cognitive control in task switching and ageing.
Indeed, the task switching process consumes time, since the game needs to free resources when it is minimized and then to allocate them again when the user switches back.
However, bilingual seniors were faster at completing the task than their monolingual peers despite expending less energy in the frontal cortex - an area known to be involved in task switching.
For that we will use the task switching paradigm (Tornay & Milan, 2001).
In a seminal paper on task switching Allport, Styles and Hsieh (1994) interpreted the switch cost reported in their study as a form of 'proactive interference' from a recently adopted task-set elicited by the same stimulus type.