Multitasking is a broad concept in psychology, developed over several decades of research and there seems to be a prevailing belief that women are better in multitasking than men. However, there is a dearth of study that investigated on this.
In 2013, one research has revealed that women are more organised and better than men at multitasking. This research is important in helping us understand the risk of multitasking in real-life situations, such as driving while using a mobile phone.
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A group of women and men were given eight minutes to complete a series of tasks such as locating restaurants on a map, doing simple maths problems, answering a phone call, and deciding how they would search for a lost key in a field.
Completing all these assignments in eight minutes was impossible. Hence, it forced men and women to prioritise, organise their time, and keep calm under pressure.
In the key search task in particular, women displayed a clear performance advantage over men, says co-author Professor Keith Laws of the University of Hertfordshire.
The study investigated the neural wiring of the male and female brain has concluded that there is a greater degree of neural connectivity from front to back within one hemisphere in males, suggesting brains were wired to facilitate connectivity between perception and coordinated action. In contrast, women’s brain are wired between left and right hemispheres, suggesting that they facilitated communication between the analytical and intuition and are better at multitasking.
This result invokes a rather traditional image of women at home, cooking and tending to the infants, with men out doing so-called ‘linear’ tasks such as chasing and killing prey.
Dennis Relojo is the Founder of Psychreg and is also the Editor-in-Chief of Psychreg Journal of Psychology. Aside from PJP, he sits on the editorial boards of peer-reviewed journals, and is a Commissioning Editor for the International Society of Critical Health Psychology. A Graduate Member of the British Psychological Society, Dennis holds a master’s degree in psychology from the University of Hertfordshire. His research interest lies in the intersection of psychology and blogging. You can connect with him through Twitter @DennisRelojo and his website.