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Does our productivitiy increase when we multitask?
Do you get more done when you multitask? It may depend on the task. Although you can probably walk and chew gum at the same time, the brain appears to have a limited amount of space for tasks requiring attention. Research indicates that brain efficiency may decrease when a person attempts two demanding tasks at the same time.
This study aims to compare the productivity of working on a single task with that of attempting two tasks at the same time. Both time and accuracy will be measured as participants complete an auditory task, a visual task, and a combination of the two. Results will be compared between conditions, and each participant will be able to determine if multitasking affected his/her own productivity.
This study is a collaboration between the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History and Dr. Lin Lin, University of North Texas.