Can you increase your performance in a technology-driven society full of distractions?

Yulia Wati, Chang E. Koh, Fred D. Davis

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Abstract

The main goal of this current study is to contribute to the cognitive Information Systems (IS) literature by examining the effect of individuals' focus ability and mind-wandering in influencing IS task performance at different levels of task complexity. The effects of focus ability and mind-wandering on IS task performance as well as the moderating roles of IS task complexity were examined in a laboratory experiment. The experimental results show that (1) higher task complexity leads to lower IS task performance; (2) under low task complexity, focus ability and mind-wandering do not have any significant effects on task performance; (3) under medium task complexity, focus ability leads to higher performance accuracy, but mind-wandering does not have a significant effect on performance accuracy; (4) under high task complexity, both focus ability and mind-wandering lead to higher performance accuracy. Furthermore, mind-wandering negatively influences performance efficiency under all levels of IS task complexity.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication35th International Conference on Information Systems "Building a Better World Through Information Systems", ICIS 2014
PublisherAssociation for Information Systems
ISBN (Print)9781634396943
StatePublished - 2014
Event35th International Conference on Information Systems: Building a Better World Through Information Systems, ICIS 2014 - Auckland, New Zealand
Duration: Dec 14 2014Dec 17 2014

Publication series

Name35th International Conference on Information Systems "Building a Better World Through Information Systems", ICIS 2014

Conference

Conference35th International Conference on Information Systems: Building a Better World Through Information Systems, ICIS 2014
Country/TerritoryNew Zealand
CityAuckland
Period12/14/1412/17/14

Keywords

  • Executive functions
  • Focus ability
  • IS task complexity
  • Mind-wandering

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