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Thursday, September 18, 2008

Brain Scan Study on Multitasking

Interesting item. Also useful to see the full article to understand the actual form of this experiment. It is also the case that Fmri scans show considerable variance in person-to-person results. Interpreting that could be key to understanding these kinds of results.

" .. While having the study participants multitask, Leber and his colleagues at Yale University monitored their brain activity using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI). The research confirmed that multitasking is, on average, inefficient. However, the brain scans allowed the researchers to predict when people would be poor multitaskers and optimal multitaskers ... "
Also points to a broader study.

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