June 25, 2008

Multitasking: The Good, the Bad, and the Unknown

by Cora M. Dzubak, Ph.D., Penn State – York, originally published by the Association for the Tutoring Profession

Multitasking is a term frequently used to describe the activity of performing multiple tasks during a specified time period.  But what does it actually involve?  Is multitasking the simultaneous engagement in various activities or is it sequential engagement in multiple tasks?   Does it literally refer to actively performing more than one activity at the same time? Or, might it involve active engagement in a single activity while also passively processing another source of stimulation, such as auditory or visual input? Whichever it is, different types and levels of cognitive processing are required depending on whether tasks are performed simultaneously or sequentially. 

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Filed under: Productivity,Research

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