It has long been claimed that women are better at multi-tasking than men. While some women relish the accolade, others suspect some males use it as an excuse for avoiding work. Now scientists have found strong proof that men are inferior at juggling two activities - at least compared to women under 60. Men asked to carry out complex thinking while walking on a treadmill without handrails were found to stop swinging their right arm while they walk. But women under 60 – described as'pre-menopausal' – were'surprisingly' not affected with both arms swung freely as before.
The internet may be the most comprehensive source of information ever created but it's also the biggest distraction. Set out to find an answer on the web and it's all too easy to find yourself flitting between multiple tabs, wondering how you ended up on a page so seemingly irrelevant to the topic you started on. Past research has shown that we have a very limited capacity to perform two or more tasks at the same time and brainpower suffers when we try. But my new study suggests that some people are better at multitasking online than others. Past research has shown that we have a very limited capacity to perform two or more tasks at the same time and brainpower suffers when we try.
Multitasking boosts performance even if we aren't tackling several jobs at once, a new behavioural study has found. While evidence suggests that juggling different tasks can affect how well we do them, researchers found that thinking you're multitasking can improve productivity. A series of experiments conducted by the University of Michigan found that the'illusion' of multitasking makes us more engaged in the task at hand. Previous research has shown that it is impossible for humans to pay attention to multiple tasks efficiently and attentively at the same time. But while we are switching back and forth between tasks, we might think we are multitasking - when in fact we are not.
Claims that women are better at multi-tasking are a myth, a leading female academic said yesterday. Professor Gina Rippon, of Aston University, said that stereotypes that purport to be based on science are just allowing men and women to'wimp out' of doing things based on their sex. She said that women become'wired' for multi-tasking not because of anything innate, but because that is what society expects of them. Professor Rippon, who lecures in Neuroscience said the idea that men are from Mars and women are from Venus is'trash', the professor And Prof Rippon said that the segregation between girls and boys even occurs from a young age - with them being given different toys to play with and different books to read - and that could change the way in which their brains develop. She told an audience at Swansea University that boys' toys can often be more training-based while girls' toys are more nurturing.