April 16, 2010

Humans are capable of pursuing multiple goals at once

Humans are capable of pursuing multiple goals at once—for example, I am pursuing writing an article and eating a bowl of Froot Loops—but how those activities get divided by the brain is still somewhat of a mystery. A new study, published in Science this week, imaged human brains and watched them try to multitask as subjects performed a set of variously interrupted tasks. They saw that our brains can divide resources fairly easily for two tasks, but have a much harder time juggling three or more.

In multitasking, more than two tasks do not compute

Direct Link to the study: http://dx.doi.org/10.1126/science.1183614

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