‘Women no better at multitasking than men’

Women are no better at multitasking than men, according to a new study.

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Women are no better at multitasking than men, according to a new study.

The study, published in PLOS One, seeks to investigate the popular stereotype that women are better at multitasking – performing several independent tasks within a short time – than men.

Previous studies have focused on specific aspects of multitasking or have not considered gender differences in abilities contributing to multitasking performance.

The researchers in the PLOS One study – led by Patricia Hirsch from RWTH Aachen University – tested gender differences in sequential (i.e., task switching) and concurrent (i.e., dual tasking) multitasking, while controlling for possible gender differences in working memory, processing speed, spatial abilities, and fluid intelligence.

Although multitasking weakened performance there was no single significant gender difference in any of the 10 measures studied.

The researchers say: “The present findings strongly suggest that there are no substantial gender differences in multitasking performance across task-switching and dual-task paradigms, which predominantly measure cognitive control mechanisms such as working memory updating, the engagement and disengagement of task sets, and inhibition.”

 



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