Project "Cognitive capacity in the presence of a smartphone"

The smartphone seems indispensable in today’s society. It enables constant access to information, entertainment and communication. Although smartphones have huge potential to simplify our life, their permanent presence can also have negative effects. Our cognitive resources are limited. We cannot do any number of things at once. Anyone constantly checking their smartphone for new messages has less capacity available to devote to other tasks. This project investigates the extent to which the presence of a person's own smartphone has an effect on short-term memory capacity.

The study takes place as an experiment in the context of experimental exercises in HS18 of the Bachelor's in Psychology at the University of Bern.

Project duration
01/08/2018 – 30/06/2019

Participants

  • Nicolas Rothen, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Psychology, UniDistance Suisse
  • Thomas Reber, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Psychology, UniDistance Suisse
  • Matthias Hartmann, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Psychology, UniDistance Suisse
  • Corinna Martarelli, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Psychology, UniDistance Suisse

Financing

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