New Ideas, Old Brain Quick Bit #6: The Truth About Multitasking


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By Nick Hobson. Discovered by Player FM and our community — copyright is owned by the publisher, not Player FM, and audio is streamed directly from their servers. Hit the Subscribe button to track updates in Player FM, or paste the feed URL into other podcast apps.
We’ve come to know these two things. First, our modern work environment, with its constantly dinging and pinging technologies and open office designs, makes us more susceptible than ever to the distractions of multi-tasking. And second, we hear again and again, all about the dangers of multi-tasking and how we all need to be focusing our absolute attention on one thing at a time. But is that always the case? Given that we have such an instinctive pull towards jumping between tasks, wouldn’t that suggest that there’s some adaptive use to thinking in that sort of way?

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