Written by Ayomide Eklu
Think you are a pro at multitasking?
Welp, hold that thought.
Multitasking is one big a** urban myth. Much recent neuroscience research has evidence to back up this claim. Our brain can definitely do many amazing things but juggling multiple things at a time is not its thing.
Yeah, I also disagreed with this whole thing initially. I mean, among other things, I could be reading and listening to music at the same time but science is saying the brain simply can’t focus on more than one thing at a time.
How?! Explain please.
Here’s the gist.
When switching from task to task, you think you’re actually paying attention to everything around you at the same time. But you’re actually not. The brain is forced to switch among multiple cognitive tasks as these tasks use the same part of the brain.
This makes sense right?
In fact, each time we move from hearing music to writing a text or talking to someone, there is a stop-start process that goes on in the brain. In psychology, it is known as “serial tasking,” not multitasking.
Best believe that start-stop-start process isn’t easy on us. You might think …read more