Touchy thinking: interactivity improves planning

Henderson, Emma, Vallee-Tourangeau, Gaelle and Vallee-Tourangeau, Frederic (2016) Touchy thinking: interactivity improves planning. In: Third International Conference on Interactivity, Language and Cognition (CILC2016): the Tactility of Thinking and Talking; 29 Jun – 01 Jul 2016, Kingston upon Thames, U.K.. (Unpublished)


The effects of interactivity and ego depletion on planning were investigated using a sequential-task paradigm. Participants completed a 16-part trip-planning task in either a high-interactivity condition—where cards corresponding to events could be moved—or low-interactivity condition—during which moves were dictated to the experimenter and participants kept their hands down. Before that, half of the participants undertook an ego-depletion task. Planning performance was significantly better in the high than in the low-interactivity conditions; the main effect of ego depletion was never significant. These results suggest that interactivity augments working memory resources.

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