Accession Number : ADA417039


Title :   Measuring Multi-tasking Ability


Descriptive Note : Final rept. Jan-Jul 2003


Corporate Author : ANACAPA SCIENCES INC SANTA BARBARA CA


Personal Author(s) : Fischer, Susan C ; Morrin, Kevin A ; Joslyn, Susan


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a417039.pdf


Report Date : Jul 2003


Pagination or Media Count : 157


Abstract : While multi-tasking (MT) may increase productivity, it also carries a tremendous downside including error, decreased morale, high training costs, high turnover rates, and attrition. This research shows that it is now possible to develop a test that would measure how individuals vary in their ability to concurrently perform multiple tasks under time limited conditions. The purposes of the present research were to: (1) investigate complex real-world MT environments, (2) investigate existing measures of MT, and (3) begin development of a practical test of the ability. Current standards for educational and psychological tests served to guide the process of test development. Based on testing standards, a plan for development of an MT ability test was created. The initial phases of test development were also completed. The purpose, scope, and framework for the test are described in the report and the test specifications currently supported by empirical research are also given. This report also describes the additional research necessary for further development of a test of MT ability.


Descriptors :   *PROBLEM SOLVING , *JOB ANALYSIS , *NURSES , TEST AND EVALUATION , HIGH COSTS , ATTRITION , MORALE , PRODUCTIVITY , PSYCHOLOGICAL TESTS , APTITUDE TESTS


Subject Categories : Psychology
      Personnel Management and Labor Relations


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE