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How to pat your head and rub your belly at the same time effectively?

Is multitasking good or bad for you? Why do you start forgetting tasks when multitasking a lot? Is there a right way to do it?

I am sure you’ve heard lots of different opinions about multitasking. Some people you know claim to be “professional multi-taskers.” They are proud of doing “multiple things at the same time” and subsequently being more effective at their jobs (it might even be you!). You may also recall your friends or colleagues complaining about feeling overwhelmed and exhausted after a day full of multitasking. You may have even noticed that some things start simply “slipping your mind” when you multitask.

Many employers think about multitasking as a desirable skill to have in their employees. Job applicants consider adding the ability to multitask to their resume to gain an advantage over their competitors. Although multitasking has become an essential part of our life, it remains quite a contradictory topic. From one perspective, we want to achieve as much as possible within a limited time. From another perspective, we hear the words of caution about the potential adverse effects that multitasking may have on our brain, especially on our memory. Should you avoid multitasking entirely? How does multitasking affect your attention and memory? How to use multitasking for your benefit? There is no straightforward answer to these questions. Let’s take a look together at the accumulated scientific knowledge on this topic to make the best decision for ourselves. But first, let’s find out if multitasking even exists! Read more at the NeuroTechX Content Lab

art by David Smehlik

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