Segijn, C.M., Voorveld, H.A.M., Vandeberg, L., & Smit, E.G. (2017). The battle of the screens: Unravelling attention allocation and memory effects when multiscreening. Human Communication Research. Advanced online publication. doi: 10.1111/hcre.12106


Abstract: Multiscreening, the simultaneous usage of multiple screens, is a relatively understudied phenomenon that may have a large impact on media effects. First, we explored people’s viewing behavior while multiscreening by means of an eye-tracker. Second, we examined people’s reporting of attention, by comparing eye-tracker and self-reported attention measures. Third, we assessed the effects of multiscreening on people’s memory, by comparing people’s memory for editorial and advertising content when multiscreening (television–tablet) versus single screening. The results of the experiment (N = 177) show that (a) people switched between screens 2.5 times per minute, (b) people were capable of reporting their own attention, and (c) multiscreeners remembered content just as well as single screeners, when they devoted sufficient attention to the content.

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