The Importance Of Multitasking And Use Of Technology Essay

1195 Words Dec 8th, 2014 5 Pages
Since multitasking is here to stay, there are a couple suggestions on how to be able to manage multitasking and use of technology. One of the ways is to work on a single task before moving on. The reason being, when we are assigned a task, the prefrontal cortex of the brain takes control and assigns different parts of the brain to handle them, (Shao & Shao, 2012,p.77). By being focused on one, we ensure the fact that task will get completed. Think of a To Do List. How many times did it seem like many of the items were not crossed off (ie. completed), but many of them were started and left open? That’s an effect that multitasking can give off. Lots of activity going on, but that does not necessarily equate to productivity. Continuously switching from one task to another is difficult because “different tasks follow different rules and call for different types of responses” (Willingham, 2010, p.25). The brain is being stretched in many different directions instead of concentrating its efforts on one.
To further illustrate this point, Etienne Koechlin, a neuroscientist at the Institut National de la Santé et de la Recherche Médicale (INSERM) in Paris led a study which had participants finish two tasks at the same time, (website). Their brain activity was measured via functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI). When the participants were told that they would receive a large reward for completing one of the tasks accurately, one side of the brain was active. When…

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