Anna S. Law
Liverpool John Moores University
Publications 20
#1Anna S. Law (LJMU: Liverpool John Moores University)H-Index: 12
#2Rosemary Stock (UWL: University of West London)H-Index: 1
Research has demonstrated that learning is impaired if students multitask with media while encountering new information. However, some have gone further, and suggested that media-multitasking (as a general activity) may have a negative impact on cognitive control processes. If this were the case, students who are heavy media-multitaskers generally would have difficulties with goal-directed behaviour, and organising their time effectively to meet their learning goals. The study described here exp...
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#1Alexandra L. Seddon (LJMU: Liverpool John Moores University)H-Index: 1
#2Anna S. Law (LJMU: Liverpool John Moores University)H-Index: 12
Last.Fiona R. Simmons (LJMU: Liverpool John Moores University)H-Index: 9
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Media-multitasking involves simultaneous engagement with information streams from multiple media sources, and is most prevalent in young adults. Heavy media-multitasking has been associated with differential performance on tasks involving attentional control and working memory relative to light media-multitasking. The aim of the present study was to systematically investigate relationships between executive functions and self-reported media-multitasking. Healthy participants (N = 112, aged 18–25...
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#1David Moore (LJMU: Liverpool John Moores University)H-Index: 95
#2Anna S. Law (LJMU: Liverpool John Moores University)H-Index: 12
Abstract Background and aims Pain is known to have a disruptive effect on cognitive performance, but prior studies have used highly constrained laboratory tasks that lack ecological validity. In everyday life people are required to complete more complex sets of tasks, prioritising task completion and recalling lists of tasks which need to be completed, and these tasks continue to be attempted during episodes or states of pain. The present study therefore examined the impact of thermal induced pa...
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#1Rosemary StockH-Index: 1
#2Anna S. LawH-Index: 12
Media multi-tasking and learning approaches as predictors of academic success – is students' use of media counter-productive?
#1Steven Trawley (Edin.: University of Edinburgh)H-Index: 13
#2Anna S. Law (LJMU: Liverpool John Moores University)H-Index: 12
Last.Robert H. Logie (Edin.: University of Edinburgh)H-Index: 55
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Prospective Memory (PM) research focuses on how the cognitive system successfully encodes and retains an intention, before retrieving it at a particular future time or in response to a particular future event. Previous work using 2D text stimuli has shown that increasing the saliency of the retrieval cue can improve performance. In this work, we investigated the effect of increased cue saliency in a more ecologically valid 3D virtual environment. The findings indicate that increased perceptual s...
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#1Anna S. Law (LJMU: Liverpool John Moores University)H-Index: 12
#2Steven Trawley (UCC: University College Cork)H-Index: 13
Last.Robert H. Logie (Edin.: University of Edinburgh)H-Index: 55
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Three experiments investigated the impact of working memory load on online plan adjustment during a test of multitasking in young, nonexpert, adult participants. Multitasking was assessed using the Edinburgh Virtual Errands Test (EVET). Participants were asked to memorize either good or poor plans for performing multiple errands and were assessed both on task completion and on the extent to which they modified their plans during EVET performance. EVET was performed twice, with and without a seco...
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#1Robbie M. Cooper (Edinburgh Napier University)H-Index: 7
#2Anna S. Law (LJMU: Liverpool John Moores University)H-Index: 12
Last.Stephen R. H. Langton (University of Stirling)H-Index: 19
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The stare-in-the crowd effect refers to the finding that a visual search for a target of staring eyes among averted eyes distracters is more efficient than the search for an averted-eyes target among staring distracters. This finding could indicate that staring eyes are prioritized in the processing of the search array so that attention is more likely to be directed to their location than to any other. However, visual search is a complex process, which not only depends upon the properties of the...
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#1Steven TrawleyH-Index: 13
#2Anna S. LawH-Index: 12
Last.Robert H. LogieH-Index: 55
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#1Gnanathusharan Rajendran (University of Strathclyde)H-Index: 15
#2Anna S. Law (LJMU: Liverpool John Moores University)H-Index: 12
Last.Martin Corley (Edin.: University of Edinburgh)H-Index: 21
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Using a modified version of the Virtual Errands Task (VET; McGeorge et al. in Presence-Teleop Virtual Environ 10(4):375–383, 2001), we investigated the executive ability of multitasking in 18 high-functioning adolescents with ASD and 18 typically developing adolescents. The VET requires multitasking (Law et al. in Acta Psychol 122(1):27–44, 2006) because there is a limited amount of time in which to complete the errands. ANCOVA revealed that the ASD group completed fewer tasks, broke more rules ...
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#1Robert H. Logie (Edin.: University of Edinburgh)H-Index: 55
#2Steven Trawley (Edin.: University of Edinburgh)H-Index: 13
Last.Anna S. Law (LJMU: Liverpool John Moores University)H-Index: 12
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Multitasking among three or more different tasks is a ubiquitous requirement of everyday cognition, yet rarely is it addressed in research on healthy adults who have had no specific training in multitasking skills. Participants completed a set of diverse subtasks within a simulated shopping mall and office environment, the Edinburgh Virtual Errands Test (EVET). The aim was to investigate how different cognitive functions, such as planning, retrospective and prospective memory, and visuospatial a...
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