June 18: 97.5% of people should stop multitasking

But there are a lucky few—Super-Taskers—who can multitask and maintain performance.

Source: The Cut
Published: May 2015

97.5% of people should stop multitasking

For most people, there’s no such thing as efficient multitasking, only task-switching. Switching between tasks requires cognitive energy—when we do more than one thing at once, our entire performance suffers. 

There are a lucky few—Super-Taskers—who can multitask and maintain performance.

According to a University of Utah study that simulated driving while using a cell phone, a small minority (2.5% of the sample) have this skill. These participants could keep their car straight while simultaneously solving spoken math problems.

How did they perform well in both tasks? Researchers found Super-Taskers’ brains have more neural efficiency (or, stay cooler under pressure) than most brains. 

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