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// published on Human Computer Interaction with Mobile Devices and Services-Latest Proceeding Volume // visit site

Managing distractions in complex settings
Robin Deegan

Mobile devices are being used in more and more complex settings such as cars or medical environments and these environments are causing serious distractions for the mobile user. This paper presents novel research that investigates mobile user experiences when interacting with cognitively demanding distractions. This research finds that, surprisingly, the user's primary task is not always affected by the distraction but, in this case, the actual interaction between user and device is. This observation initially appears to contradict current research which suggests that a distraction will affect the primary task. The main conclusion of this paper is that a user, when dealing with distraction, can balance their cognitive processes by applying less cognitive resources to the mobile device interaction in order to maintain their performance at the primary task.