Figure 2.Mean BMP scores of three age groups across three time points. The error bars indicate the standard errors. The longitudinal results are represented next to the legend of each age group. The cross-sectional comparisons are indicated by asterisks with brackets. * p< .05,m = marginally significant ( .05 <p< .10), n.s. = non-significant.
Overall, these findings not only depict the developmental trajectory of multitasking and its associated cognitive functions in children aged 7 to 12, but also reveal the age-specific characteristics of multitasking ability. These findings thus provide useful information for the development of targeted cognitive training for typically as well as atypically developing children.
This study was supported by the Beijing Training Project for the Leading Talents in Science and Technology, the National Natural Science Foundation of China, the CAS Key Laboratory of Mental Health, Institute of Psychology, and the International Partnership Programme for Creative Research Teams.
The paper is now available online from Journal of Experimental Child Psychology
Yang, T. X., Xie, W., Chen, C. S., Algassen, M., Wang, Y., Cheung, E. F. C., Chan, R. C. K.* （2017）. The developmental of multitasking in children aged 7 to 12: Evidence from cross-sectional and longitudinal data. Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, 161, 63-80. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jecp.2017.04.003
Institute of Psychology, Chinese Academy of Sciences