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Performance on secondary tasks next to a primary task are sometimes used to assess mental workload (GD Ogden, 1979). For example the Stroop test as a secondary task has been evaluated by Gwizdka, 2010.

However, a lot of effort goes into setting up these tasks, so I was wondering whether there are any open task sets available which would be suitable for this purpose.

Some desirable characteristics I am looking for:

  • One task shouldn't be considerably harder than another.
  • Performing one task shouldn't take considerably longer than another.
  • Overall, one task shouldn't take too long, so the amount of tasks done can also be used as a measurement of mental workload.

Ogden, G. D., Levine, J. M., & Eisner, E. J. (1979). Measurement of workload by secondary tasks. Human Factors: The Journal of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, 21(5), 529-548.
Gwizdka, J. (2010, August). Using stroop task to assess cognitive load. In Proceedings of the 28th Annual European Conference on Cognitive Ergonomics (pp. 219-222). ACM.

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