Have you ever made a phone call while driving your car, even though you realized this hindered your driving performance? This is the daily reality for police officers on patrol. Contrary to us, they do not have the choice to ignore incoming messages: both tasks have a high priority. In an earlier observation study I found that police officers have problems coping with the demands of this dual-task situation. As part of my PhD project for the Dutch National Police, I have been researching the effect of task prioritization on multi-tasking in the context of driving with an auditory memory task. During this week’s Labtalk I will present a series of four experiments. The results show that task priority instructions can be followed, and help in identifying the requirements for optimal information communication.
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16:00; Studio Show