Research

My research interests focus on multitasking and divided attention, with a special interest in the way individuals develop strategies for managing multiple tasks over time. The ability to select and shift between competing tasks in support of higher-order goals – often referred to as task switching – can be affected by a variety of cognitive and situational variables. Specifically, I’m interested in the factors that motivate the use of different task-management strategies, and the mechanisms that support effective multitasking in daily life.
 
Some of my published work in this area includes:
 
Terry, C. P., & Terry, D. L. (2015). Cell phone-related near accidents among young drivers: Associations with mindfulness. The Journal of Psychology: Interdisciplinary and Applied, 149, 665-683.
 
Olmsted, N. M., & Terry, C. P. (2014). Who's texting in class? A look at behavioral and psychological predictors. Psi Chi Journal of Psychological Research, 19, 183-192.
 
Terry, C. P., & Sliwinski, M. J. (2012). Aging and random task switching: The role of endogenous versus exogenous task selection. Experimental Aging Research, 38, 1-23.
  
My other research interests include the perception of health information and its impact on health-related behaviors, such as alcohol and tobacco use. In particular, I’ve taken an interest in the way that discrepancies in how individuals perceive the associated risks, and descriptive and injunctive social norms regarding cigarette smoking may be related to their own smoking behavior.
 
Some of my published work in this area includes:
 
Terry, C. P., & Terry, D. L. (2012). Exaggeration of perceived smoking norms among college students: Does smoking status matter? Addiction Research & Theory, 20, 291-299.
 
Seigers, D. K., & Terry, C. P. (2011). Perceptions of risk among college smokers: Relationships to smoking status. Addiction Research & Theory, 19, 504-509.