Title

The Effects of Cell Phone Presence on Task Performance

Date

5-26-2016 1:30 PM

End Time

26-5-2016 3:30 PM

Location

WUC Pacific Room

Department

Behavioral Sciences

Session Chair

Jaime M. Cloud

Session Title

Behavioral Sciences Poster Session 2

Faculty Sponsor(s)

Chehalis Strapp

Presentation Type

Poster session

Abstract

It was hypothesized that cell phone presence would lead to lower performance scores compared to performance in the absence of a cell phone. Forty university students (Female=30; Mage=23.5, SD=7.07) were randomly assigned to complete Part B of the Trail Making Test (Reitan, 1958) with or without a cell phone present. Contrary to predictions, there was no difference in performance with (M=13.9, SD=5.40) or without a cell phone present (M=15.9, SD=5.37); independent samples t (38)=-1.18, n.s., one-tail, r2=.04. This suggests that the mere presence of a cell phone is not enough to inhibit task performance. Additional stimuli (e.g., notifications) may be necessary to diminish attention.

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May 26th, 1:30 PM May 26th, 3:30 PM

The Effects of Cell Phone Presence on Task Performance

WUC Pacific Room

It was hypothesized that cell phone presence would lead to lower performance scores compared to performance in the absence of a cell phone. Forty university students (Female=30; Mage=23.5, SD=7.07) were randomly assigned to complete Part B of the Trail Making Test (Reitan, 1958) with or without a cell phone present. Contrary to predictions, there was no difference in performance with (M=13.9, SD=5.40) or without a cell phone present (M=15.9, SD=5.37); independent samples t (38)=-1.18, n.s., one-tail, r2=.04. This suggests that the mere presence of a cell phone is not enough to inhibit task performance. Additional stimuli (e.g., notifications) may be necessary to diminish attention.