Dual Tasking and Processing Theory

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.