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Friday, 25 October 2013

Certified: When it comes to multitasking woman are better than man


Yes, its official - experts have revealed that women are better at multitasking than men.
The common saying and belief was verified by scientists who measured the ability of men and women to carry out multiple tasks. Both in the laboratory and more real world situations, women came out top.
 
Many people are convinced that women are better than men at focusing on different jobs at the same time, although very little research has been conducted to test this hypothesis.
In the first part of the study, 120 men and 120 women were tested on how well they can switch rapidly between two simple computer tasks.
Participants had to respond to geometrical objects shown on a screen by pressing a button on their right or left side. Response times were measured when they did just one task at a time, or quickly switched between two tasks.
Both men and women slowed down when alternating between two tasks, but men became more sluggish. Their performance speed slowed by 77% compared with 69% for women.
In the "real world" multitasking test, a different group of 47 men and the same number of women faced three everyday challenges.
They were asked to sketch out how they would attempt a search for a set of lost keys in a field, to locate restaurants on a map, and to solve simple maths questions.
 
Volunteers were also told to expect a phone call during the test. If they chose to answer the phone, they had to answer general knowledge questions such as naming the capital of France. They had eight minutes to complete as much of each task as possible.
Professor Keith Laws, from the University of Hertfordshire said that women taking part in the test developed far better strategies for finding the lost keys and suggests they may be superior at tasks requiring high-level cognitive control, particularly planning, monitoring and inhibition
The study is published in the online journal BMC Psychology.

 

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