Information and non-information multitasking interplay

Spink, Amanda H. & Park, Minsoo (2005) Information and non-information multitasking interplay. Journal of Documentation, 61(4), pp. 548-554.

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Purpose - During multitasking, humans handle multiple tasks through task switching or engage in multitasking information behaviors. For example, a user switches between seeking new kitchen information and medical information. Recent studies provide insights these complex multitasking human information behaviors (HIB). However, limited studies have examined the interplay between information and non-information tasks. Design/methodology/approach - The goal of the paper was to examine the interplay of information and non-information task behaviors. Findings - This paper explores and speculates on a new direction in HIB research. The nature of HIB as a multitasking activity including the interplay of information and non-information behavior tasks, and the relation between multitasking information behavior to cognitive style and individual differences, is discussed. A model of multitasking between information and non-information behavior tasks is proposed. Practical implications/limitations - Multitasking information behavior models should include the interplay of information and non-information tasks, and individual differences and cognitive styles. Originality/value - The paper is the first information science theoretical examination of the interplay between information and non-information tasks. © Emerald Group Publishing Limited.

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ID Code: 47858
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Individual behaviour, Information searches, Task analysis
DOI: 10.1108/00220410510607516
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Office of Education Research
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Emerald
Deposited On: 20 Dec 2011 06:40
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 13:19

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