Further investigations into post-completion error : the effects of interruption position and duration

Yau Wai, Simon LI, Anna L. COX, Ann BLANDFORD, Paul CAIRNS, Richard M. YOUNG, Aliza ABELES

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Abstract

Two experiments were carried out to examine the effect of interruption position and interruption duration on postcompletion error (PCE) occurrences in a game-like procedural task. Experiment 1 showed a significant main effect of interruption position on PCE rate; significantly more PCEs were obtained when the interruption occurred just before the PC step than interruptions at any other positions in the task. The same effect was also obtained for other non-PCEs suggesting that PCEs are no different to other non-PCEs in terms of the interruption position effect. Experiment 2 replicated the interruption position effect but did not show a reliable difference in PCE rates between a 45-sec and a 15-sec interruption. However, the trend of the differences in PCE rates between the two interruption durations is consistent with our initial prediction. The results of both experiments were explained in terms of the activation-based goal memory model (Altmann and Trafton, 2002).
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the CogSci 2006, 28th annual conference of the Cognitive Science Society in cooperation with the 5th International Conference of the Cognitive Science: July 26 - 29, 2006, Vancouver, BC., Canada
PublisherLawrence Erlbaum Ass
Pages471-476
Number of pages6
ISBN (Print)976831821
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2006
Externally publishedYes

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LI, Y. W. S., COX, A. L., BLANDFORD, A., CAIRNS, P., YOUNG, R. M., & ABELES, A. (2006). Further investigations into post-completion error : the effects of interruption position and duration. In Proceedings of the CogSci 2006, 28th annual conference of the Cognitive Science Society in cooperation with the 5th International Conference of the Cognitive Science: July 26 - 29, 2006, Vancouver, BC., Canada (pp. 471-476). Lawrence Erlbaum Ass. http://csjarchive.cogsci.rpi.edu/Proceedings/2006/docs/p471.pdf