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Video: Is Multitasking Fact or Fallacy?


Doing two things at once may make us feel more productive, but research shows it's actually the opposite.

"People can't multitask very well, and when people say they can, they're deluding themselves," said neuroscientist Earl Miller. He says, "The brain is very good at deluding itself."

"In general, that multitasking... does compromise productivity," says David W. Goodman, M.D., the director of the Adult Attention Deficit Disorder Center of Maryland. "You're being flooded with too much information and you can't selectively filter out quickly which is important and which is not important."

Multitasking may "lower the threshold of distractibility," hurting the ability to do tasks that require sustained focus.

Multitaskers "are suckers for irrelevancy," said Stanford University professor Clifford Nass. "Everything distracts them."

The university is now studying whether multitaskers are born with an inability to concentrate or if they are damaging their cognitive control by multitasking so frequently.

Join Hoofy & Boo as they take a look at the multitasking phenomenon.

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