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[xmca] FW: FW: ScienceDaily: Media Multitaskers Pay Mental Price, Study Shows

I am passing along this comment from one of my computational
neuroscience colleagues... makes things a little more interesting to
think about:



 Interesting article. My first impression is that simultaneous-tasking
isn't the same as multi-tasking. It isn't to a computer at any rate,
which is where
this terminology comes from. :)  I wonder if there's a minimum "time
per task required in order to be able to efficiently multi-task? I've
known some folks
who were formidable multitaskers and were quite effective at what they
did. But
none of them were simultaneous-taskers. :) 

At 08:11 AM 8/26/2009, you wrote:

As you head into the school year, this might be an interesting study to
share with students and parents. It is only one study, but quite
I guess I'd better turn my t.v., radio, phone, etc off while I type...

Media Multitaskers Pay Mental Price, Study Shows

Attention, multitaskers (if you can pay attention, that is): Your brain
may be in trouble. People who are regularly bombarded with several
streams of electronic information do not pay attention, control their
memory or switch from one job to another as well as those who prefer to
complete one task at a time, researchers have found.

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