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Reminders, alerts and pop-ups: The cost of computer-initiated interruptions

Hodgetts, Helen Mary and Jones, Dylan Marc ORCID: 2007. Reminders, alerts and pop-ups: The cost of computer-initiated interruptions. Presented at: Human-Computer Interaction International 2007, Beijing, China, 22-27 July 2007. Published in: Jacko, J. A. ed. Human-Computer Interaction: Interaction Design & Usability - 12th International Conference, HCI International 2007, Beijing, China, July 22-27, 2007, Proceedings, Part I. Lecture Notes in Computer Science (4550) Berlin: Springer, pp. 818-826. 10.1007/978-3-540-73105-4_90

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Responding to computer-initiated notifications requires a shift in attention that disrupts the flow of work. The degree of cost associated with resuming the original task following interruption may be dependent upon such factors as the transition between tasks (was the worker able to consolidate his/her place in the main task before engaging in the interruption?) as well as the nature of the interrupting task itself (e.g., length or complexity). The current paper reviews a number of studies from our laboratory that investigate the effects of brief interruptions to the execution phase of computer-based 5-disk Tower of London problems. The results are interpreted within the theoretical framework of the goal-activation model [1] and suggestions are made for practical applications that may help to minimize the disruption caused.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Psychology
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
R Medicine > RC Internal medicine > RC0321 Neuroscience. Biological psychiatry. Neuropsychiatry
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 9783540731047
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