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The Myths of Multitasking

By Jim Brinson and Kasie Brinson
Faculty, School of STEM at American Public University

In today’s world, one shifts focus frequently to cope with information inundation. Constant shifts in focus place considerable demands on cognitive processes and resources, leading to a decrease in performance. Additional research confirms this performance reduction, which suggests that focusing on a single primary task results in better resource direction and adequate processing, encoding, and storing of tasks. Uninterrupted processing yields minimal errors with respect to information retrieval.