Dual Tasks and Information Processing Theory
We all do dual tasks in our daily life like walking while talking, texting while driving, talking while driving, navigating a GPS while driving in a new city, etc. Most often the tasks are done without even spending a thought about how our brain processes information from these various tasks simultaneously. This dual-task is used in science (psychology, medicine, engineering, and human factors) as a paradigm to study performance measures, task loads, processes, etc. I am looking into this paradigm from a new lens of goal orientation. In my study I am trying to figure out whether dual tasks can be performed without a performance dip when multiple tasks have a similar defined goal for the operator. This study has impact in fields like Aviation, surgery, driving, and pretty much everywhere people do multiple tasks simultaneously.