Women not men better at multitasking

Posted by Sara | Opinion | Tuesday 21 September 2010 12:03 am
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Women not men better at multitaskingWomen are much better than men at multitasking, according to a research by psychologists.

The Telegraph reported Keith Laws, professor and psychologist at the University of Hertfordshire, who led the research as saying that women significantly outperformed the men when it comes to multitasking.

From in.news.yahoo.com:

Laws gave 50 male and 50 female students eight minutes to perform three tasks at the same time: carrying out simple maths problems, finding restaurants on a map and sketching a strategy for how they would search for a lost key in an imaginary field.

As they performed the tasks, the volunteers also received a phone call that they could either chose to answer or not.

If they did answer, they were given an additional general knowledge test while they continued to carry out their other activities.

While women were able to perform well in all four activities at once, men performed, on average, worse when it came to planning to search for the key.

Laws said: ‘Men are supposed to have better spatial awareness than women, so they should have outperformed the women on the map task and the key task.

‘But of all the tasks we gave, the key searching task also required planning and some kind of strategy,’ he said.

It was found by the research team that women better at being able to stand back while they are juggling other things.

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