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Do using multiple media and technological devices impact our cognitive processes?

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Multiple media use & cognitive processes

Does engaging in media-multitasking and technology devices impair our cognitive processes? Studies has drawn different conclusions with research showing that humans are less cognitively able to cope with multiple input streams while other research failed to find any relationships and some found a positive relationship. In spite of the recent developments in this area, one should be hesitant to draw any conclusions of these findings due to the presence of notable methodological drawbacks. Using a latent variable approach, we revisit the predictability of media multitasking and technology engagement on interindividual variability on three core cognitive processes namely, working memory, inhibitory control and task-switching.

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