Are Women Really Better at Multitasking?

Chronicle.com - Gigi Foster agrees. Foster, a senior lecturer at the University of New South Wales, and Charlene Kalenkoski, an associate professor at Texas Tech University, asked men and women to complete, in a sense, virtual chores. One computer simulation showed a photo of a baby; a pacifier icon appeared at random spots on the screen. If you didn’t click the pacifier quickly enough, the photos of the baby became progressively less happy. Another simulation required participants to sort icons of clothes from a “never-ending pile of laundry,” an image that hits close to home for some of us.

In the most-watched TED talk of all time—viewed, as I write this, more than 26 million times—Sir Ken Robinson says the following:

There’s a shaft of nerves that joins the two halves of the brain called the corpus callosum, and it’s thicker in women. … I think this is probably why women are better at multitasking. Because you are, aren’t you? There’s a raft of research, but I know it from my personal life.

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Gigi Foster agrees. Foster, a senior lecturer at the University of New South Wales, and Charlene Kalenkoski, an associate professor at Texas Tech University, asked men and women to complete, in a sense, virtual chores.

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