This project is part of the DFG Priority Program SPP 1772 ‘Multitasking’ The aim of the current project is to investigate training effects on multitasking in older adults.


In our everyday life we are often confronted with situations in which we have to perform several tasks at the same time, so-called multitasking (e.g., driving a car while talking to a passenger or walking through the city while writing a message on the phone). With increasing age, multitasking becomes more difficult; the consequences are reduced performance, failure, and increasing risks of accidents and injuries. In the long-term, this can even lead to the loss of an independent and autonomous lifestyle. Scientific studies suggest that age-related changes in motor and cognitive functions can be counteracted by targeted and tailored training. The aim of the sports scientists and psychologists of the WWU Muenster is to investigate how such a training has to be designed in order successfully improve multitasking skills. Study participants between 65 and 75 years of age are monitored for several months. They take part in different training interventions that train both mental and physical fitness. The success of the training is assessed by motor, cognitive, and neurophysiological measures before and after the training intervention.

Research Team

Prof. Dr. Claudia Voelcker-Rehage
Prof. Dr. Otmar Bock
Melanie Mack
Robert Stojan

Contact Prof. Dr. Claudia Voelcker-Rehage

Funding period: 2015-2022

Funded by: Deutsche Forschungsgesellschaft (DFG)

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Multitasking while driving
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