Friday, November 30, 2018

2018-11-30: The Illusion of Multitasking Boosts Performance

Illustration showing hands completing many tasks at once
Today, I read the article on psychologicalscience.org. The title is "The Illusion of Multitasking Boosts Performance". At first, I thought it argues for single-task at once, but after reading it, I found that it is not. It actually supports multi-tasking, but in the sense that the worker "believes" the work he is working on is a combination of multi-tasks.

The original paper published in Psychological Science has a title "The Illusion of Multitasking and Its Positive Effect on Performance". 

In my opinion, the original article's title is accurate, but the press release reveals part of the story and actually distorted the original meaning of the article. The reader actually got an illusion that multi-tasking is producing a negative effect.

Jian Wu

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