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Exploring the relationship between executive functions and self-reported media-multitasking in young adults

Seddon, AL, Law, AS, Adams, AM and Simmons, FR (2018) Exploring the relationship between executive functions and self-reported media-multitasking in young adults. Journal of Cognitive Psychology, 30 (7). pp. 728-742. ISSN 2044-5911

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Abstract

Media-multitasking involves simultaneous engagement with information streams from multiple media sources, and is most prevalent in young adults. Heavy media-multitasking has been associated with differential performance on tasks involving attentional control and working memory relative to light media-multitasking. The aim of the present study was to systematically investigate relationships between executive functions and self-reported media-multitasking. Healthy participants (N = 112, aged 18–25, male N = 36) completed a battery of 10 traditional executive function tasks, that included assessments of attentional inhibition, response inhibition, working memory, and cognitive flexibility. Scores on the individual executive function tasks were correlated against frequency of self-reported media-multitasking, but no significant relationships were found. Trait anxiety, however, was found to be significantly associated with greater frequency of self-reported media-multitasking. The present study found no evidence of a relationship between the frequency of self-reported media-multitasking and executive functioning. The possible reasons for this are discussed. © 2018, © 2018 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Journal of Cognitive Psychology on 21/09/18, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/20445911.2018.1525387
Uncontrolled Keywords: 1701 Psychology, 1702 Cognitive Science
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: Natural Sciences and Psychology
Publisher: Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
Date Deposited: 04 Oct 2018 08:05
Last Modified: 04 Oct 2018 08:10
DOI or Identification number: 10.1080/20445911.2018.1525387
URI: http://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/9407

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