Time-related behaviour in multitasking situations

Yan Zhang, Ravindra S. Goonetilleke, Thomas Plocher, Sheau Farn Max Liang

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The control strategy and control performane differences between monochronicity (M) and polychronicity (P) persons in a process control domain were evaluated. The time related behavior was evaluated using the modified polychronic attitude index 3 (M/P score). Performance was quantified using overall root-mean-square (RMS) error. Control strategy was quantified using the number of switches between the two processes and the number of magnitude changes within each of the processes. It was shown that the overall mean error and overall RMS error of polychrons were significantly smaller than that of the monochrons.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)425-455
Number of pages31
JournalInternational Journal of Human Computer Studies
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2005
Externally publishedYes


  • Monochronicity
  • Multitasking
  • Polychronicity
  • Process control

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Human Factors and Ergonomics
  • Software
  • Education
  • Engineering(all)
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Hardware and Architecture

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