With this book and their theory of threaded cognition, Salvucci and Taatgen have brought the promise of cognitive architectures to a new high point. In a highly accessible way, they show how one can take theories that have strong laboratory support and use them to make novel predictions about important real-world applications. One can read the book and go away with an understanding of how to better deal with the multitasking demands of everyday life.
--John Anderson, Carnegie Mellon University
How people do multiple tasks together, like driving and talking on the telephone, has been maddeningly difficult to understand and to engineer. Salvucci and Taatgen have cracked the problem with their theory of threaded cognition, yielding great insights for design. This book is a breakthrough.
--Stuart Card, Palo Alto Research Center
The Multitasking Mind is an excellent and timely review of the last decades of work on what we currently understand about multitasking, interruptions, task resumption and the effects of all of this on task performance. What really stands out about this book is its attempt to provide an overarching, unifying theory to help guide researchers and practitioners in an approachable wayEL I believe this book is an important checkpoint in our understanding of human cognitive multitasking and is a must-read for any researcher or designer faced with the task of designing for human interruptions, whatever the task.
--Mary Czerwinski, Microsoft
[The] writing is both engaging and of high scientific qualityEL The scientist, the engineer, and the intelligent layperson will all find this book to be a compelling read.
-- Christopher Wickens
"This book brings a fresh, new theory to the forefront in the field of cognitive
science. Threaded cognition is a theory based in rigorous scientific research
and decades of professional literature that give solid support to the theory as
a new paradigm for understanding the multitasking mind. Timely and relevant,
this book gives educators, scholars, researchers and students a foundation to
build upon. The authors have compiled a masterpiece of fresh thinking and
presented a novel theory of threaded cognition which allows us to rethink the
ways in which we understand the workings of the multitasking mind." --Doody's
"Of course, The Multitasking Mind will be of high interest to all psychologists interested in
multitasking and complex human performance, whether they work in universities or applied
settings. I think it will come to be viewed as a landmark publication in the area, comparable
to what Broadbent's (1958) book was in its time." -- Susan E.F. Chipman, PsycCRITIQUES
About the Author
Dario D. Salvucci is an associate professor of computer science at Drexel University and holds a B.S.E. degree from Princeton University and a Ph.D. from Carnegie Mellon University. He has authored over 60 publications in the areas of cognitive science, human factors, and human-computer interaction, and has received several honors including the National Science Foundation CAREER Award.
Niels A. Taatgen is a professor of artificial intelligence at the University of Groningen. He holds degrees in computer science and psychology, and has published in the areas of psychology and cognitive science. Until recently, he worked as a research psychologist at Carnegie Mellon University, collaborating with John Anderson and others on the ACT-R cognitive architecture project.