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Examining the Role of Spatial Memory in Interruptions

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dc.contributor.advisor Boehm-Davis, Deborah A Miller, William Daniel
dc.creator Miller, William Daniel 2018-10-21T19:17:21Z 2018-10-21T19:17:21Z 2017
dc.description.abstract There has been little work investigating the role that the location of the primary task in the visual field plays following an interruption. The goal of this paper is to investigate the role that location plays in successfully resuming from an interruption and examine whether a well-known model of interruptions, Memory for Goals, should be revised to account for primary task location. The data suggest that changing the location of the primary task following an interruption can negatively impact resumption performance, but the effect is not consistent. We also show that there is little evidence that participants show anticipatory eye-movements towards the task between when the interruption ends and before the primary task resumes. Finally, we show that interruption performance does not improve when participants can anticipate where the primary task will resume following an interruption. These results suggest that there is no need to add an additional component to the Memory for Goals model that involves the primary task location, and that participants are resilient to changes in primary task location following an interruption.
dc.format.extent 104 pages
dc.language.iso en
dc.rights Copyright 2017 William Daniel Miller
dc.subject Psychology en_US
dc.subject Eye-tracking en_US
dc.subject Human Factors en_US
dc.subject Interruptions en_US
dc.subject Spatial Memory en_US
dc.title Examining the Role of Spatial Memory in Interruptions
dc.type Dissertation Ph.D. Psychology, Human Factors/Applied Cognition Concentration George Mason University

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