10:35pm Tuesday 19 September 2017

How do mood or memory issues affect multi-tasking?

Professor Romola Bucks, from the Neurocognitive Development Unit within UWA’s School of Psychology, said the study aimed to understand if, and in what ways, mental control abilities changed with age-related illnesses.

Professor Bucks said researchers would investigate mental control ability over the lifespan, using a series of different tasks designed to tap into different aspects of that ability.

“We are particularly interested in our ability to do two things at once and how memory difficulties may affect such mental control skills,” she said.

“Working with volunteers without marked mood or memory problems allows us to understand the effect of mood or memory on multi-tasking.”

Participants will be asked to attend a two-hour session at UWA where they will undertake assessments in memory and other thinking skills.

For more information about the study or to volunteer, contact Talitha Lowndes on 6488 7342 or 0450 441 841.

Media references

Professor Romola Bucks (UWA School of Psychology)  (+61 8)  6488 3232
Janine MacDonald (UWA Public Affairs)  (+61 8)  6488 5563  /  (+61 4) 32 637 716


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