Multitasking or Attention Switching?

Upside Learning

As a general search on the web will reveal, there is quite a debate about multitasking and task switching. He needs to either multitask – to monitor the word streams and identify the words that occur in the set, or he must constantly switch focus from window to window. Experiencing what happens as your perception and cognition cope in such a situation is quite a learning experience.


Tony Karrer

As way of background for this month's big question - , I went to eLearning Learning and looked up Multitasking. " Also disconcerting, he notes, is that "people who chronically multitask believe they're good at it." " Will Thalheimer - Younger Generation NOT Good at Multitasking Either! It says: People in general are not good at multitasking. Young people are no better than their elders at multitasking. Multitasking actually takes longer.


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Multitasking Takes Toll On Memory, Study Finds

Upside Learning

Came across this article in the NYT Bits Blog – Multitasking Takes Toll on Memory ; states quite simply that the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences has published research which shows that multitasking takes a significant toll on the working memory of older individuals. There has been other research suggesting that this ‘divided attention’ will hurt learning and cognitive performance. eLearning Multitasking Multitasking or Attention Switching

The Metrics of Learning and Dangers of Multitasking


The Dangers of Multitasking and How it Relates to Learning. ” He continues, “Multiple studies have also found that microlearning can deter cognitive overload , which occurs when the brain is forced to accept an abundance of data at any given time” [1]. ” She also notes, “A study at the University Of London found that subjects who multitasked experienced drops in their IQ comparable to someone who missed a night of sleep” [2].

Split-tasking vs. Multitasking – The New Way to Get Things Done


Do you consider yourself a multitasker? Of course you are a multitasker – or are you? Multitasking was once the darling of the workplace, using the latest tools to get more things done at the same time. Yet recent research shows that multitasking is a myth. Just consider the types of tasks you are doing when you apparently “multitask.” Are they high-level cognitive tasks? In other words, you are split-tasking, not multitasking.

Don’t Try to Do So Many Things At Once

CLO Magazine

Employee attempts to multitask are putting a serious damper on their performance. Digital Third Coast Content Manager Andy Kerns defined multitasking as the act of switching back and forth between multiple tasks — different from what many people believe the behavior to be: literally completing multiple tasks on a to-do list simultaneously. He compared multitasking to revving an engine and why highway mileage is better than city mileage on a car’s gas tank.

4 Ways to Boost Attention Intelligence (AQ) in the Workplace


Researchers have identified cognitive and environmental control as being the two primary drivers for AQ. The prefrontal cortex is primarily responsible for cognitive control. However, the amount a person attempts to multitask does have an effect on cognitive control. PLOS ONE research indicates that individuals who partake in heavier media multitasking have less cognitive control.

A challenge to the multitask assumption

Clive on Learning

A few weeks ago I wrote on the Onlignment blog about The multitask assumption. By this I meant the assumption you can safely make with any webinar that a good proportion of the audience is multitasking - you know, checking emails, answering the phone, listening to music, finishing off a report, and so on. Your webinar audience might think that they're multitasking, but they're not. Yes we can multitask as long as only one of those tasks is making use of our working memory.

Attention Management: Time Management with a Twist


Sticky notes started appearing on computers, calendars were full of scheduled meetings, and multitasking became the buzzword. Multitasking —One fact you should know: multitasking is a myth. You may think you are multitasking when you are on the phone, cutting carrots for dinner and watching your kids, but in truth, you are using other forms of attention that don’t require high cognitive skills.

Information Overload: The Plague of Learning and Development

CLO Magazine

Studies show how information overload, multitasking and prolonged repetition impair productivity, performance and decision-making. Content is deployed regardless of its cognitive ease. Learning Delivery behavior change cognitive ease information overloadThe world has changed. Consumers and buyers today have information at their fingertips, more discerning criteria for how they spend their money along with continuously shifting expectations.

The Learning and Forgetting Curve: How to Make eLearning Memorable


Multitasking with techno-stimulators: mobile phones, tablets, i-tunes and you get the drift. Another common and deceptively heroic habit, that we all are so proud of, is multitasking. But I thought multitasking got things done faster! By doing this you not only help to prevent cognitive overload, but you also enable your learners to absorb and retain information for a longer period of time. Prevent cognitive overload by presenting information in “chunks”.

Twitter’s Impact on Your Brain-Same as Bilingualism

Kapp Notes

Bilingual people aren’t cognitively smarter, but they are more cognitively flexible,” she added. Practice at constant switching improves an aspect of their cognitive abilities. Dr. Kuhl said this multitasking, where people are stimulating new patterns of sequential processing, could then reap the same benefits as bilingualism.

Classic Learning Research in Practice – Sensory Channels – Keep the Learners Attention

Adobe Captivate

Once the learner feels connected , we need to maintain his attention and avoid multitasking. Once the perceptions are made available in the working memory the learner becomes a serial processing unit without the ability for real multitasking. When a learner multitasks, he sets one task to active while all others are placed on hold. To avoid Multitasking as this leads to reduced learning.

Brain, Learning and Neuroscience: Test Your Knowledge!


Are we really good at multitasking? Secondly, the prefrontal cortex, which is the hub of several cognitive functions, including language, reasoning and working memory, is one of the last brain regions to reach maturity. Read more: Are we really good at multitasking?

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What Happens in the Brain When You learn a Language?

Your Training Edge

Despite having less developed cognitive skills, research shows that children are much better at mastering new languages than adults. Preliminary research indicates that being multilingual improves one’s memory, communication, and multitasking skills. People speaking two or more languages are also said to be more cognitively creative and more aware of their environment. In recent times, more people are learning new languages than ever before.

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eLearning Gamification: How to Implement Gamification in Your Learning Strategy


Cognitive Relief. Brains love to multitask, but multitasking can hurt training efforts. Games direct attention to one task at a time, which increases focus and reduces the cognitive load on the brain. . Artwork by Kevin Bannister. Share on facebook. Facebook.

Personal processing

Clark Quinn

Sure, we’ll get more powerful capabilities (they’re touting multitasking on tablets now), and the boundaries will blur, but I still think there’ll be the things we do when we’re on the go, and the things we’ll stop and be reflective about. Our brains work in active and reflective modes, and our cognitive augment will similarly complement those needs.

The Forgetting Curve: What It Is and Why It Matters

Bottom-Line Performance

While there are many experiments in the field of cognitive psychology that researchers have not been able to replicate, the forgetting curve has stood the test of time. In a more expensive example, learners fly in, participate in a training event while multitasking and checking their phones, fly home, and move on with their lives. If you’ve been in the industry long enough, you’ve probably heard about (drum roll please) the forgetting curve.

Ending the Vicious Cycle – Tips for Improving Focus in the Workplace


Today’s workforce spends its days multitasking with smartphones in hand, headphones in ears, texting while driving, talking on the phone and checking email. This amount of exercise is said to help improve mood, alleviate stress and improve cognitive function.

How to Use Microlearning to Boost Productivity in the Workplace


According to the New York Times , multitasking actually leads to a decrease in productivity. This is because our brains have a limited cognitive capacity for learning and retaining details.

Attention Management: Time Management with a Twist


Sticky notes started appearing on computers, calendars were full of scheduled meetings, and multitasking became the buzzword. Multitasking —One fact you should know: multitasking is a myth. You may think you are multitasking when you are on the phone, cutting carrots for dinner and watching your kids, but in truth, you are using other forms of attention that don’t require high cognitive skills.

Microlearning: The Workplace Trend Proven to Boost Productivity


According to the New York Times , multitasking actually leads to a decrease in productivity. This is because our brains have a limited cognitive capacity for learning and retaining details.

Deciphering Attention


Yet attention is essential to our cognitive effectiveness, whether we are learning new things or simply performing many of our daily tasks. Attention will eventually become a leading concept in gestalt psychology, cognitive psychology, and cognitive linguistics.

The neuroscience of attention and why instructional designers should know about it


On the plus side, the report found that people’s ability to multitask has dramatically improved. Attention is a cognitive process that is closely related to another very important aspect of learning: memory. You know all those classic arguments couples have that begin with “I told you but you never listen!”? In truth, the listening part is not the issue, the remembering (or absence of) is the real problem.

How Instructional Designers Can Cope with Continuous Partial Attention in "The Age of Distraction"

SHIFT eLearning

The term continuous partial attention was first used by Apple and Microsoft executive Linda Stone in 1990 to describe, in her own words, “post multitasking” behavior. Whereas multitasking involves engaging in more than one activity at the same time (regardless of the fact that some studies have shown the practice to be detrimental to work quality), continuous partial awareness occurs when a person splits attention between multiple tasks at a superficial level.

Setting knowledge profiles for different generations of employees


Being already used to several platforms and multiple screens they make excellent multitaskers, but they need to be constantly stimulated, lest they shift attention.

How Tech is Helping L&D Create More Time for Learning

CLO Magazine

At the same time, the layering of social and collaborative tools means that integrated learning can actually spark the high levels of engagement that a growing body of evidence indicates is necessary for cognitive retention and understanding. Learning in the flow of work should not, however, be confused with the rise of multitasking, which reportedly costs employers $650 billion a year. The imperative for a more continuous approach to learning is growing.

Learning Tweets – and the Case Against Them

Bottom-Line Performance

One rule is clear – using twitter or other social learning techniques in a classroom is highly likely to be counterproductive, since multitasking is a myth. My other favorite piece of information from that interview is the study he cites that a properly – timed 20 minute nap can increase your cognitive functioning by up to 35% for the rest of the day. I got a tweet this morning from a colleague who shall remain nameless (She knows who she is.)

The Best of Learning, Design & Technology | July 27, 2018

Mike Taylor

In this article by Greg Ashman ( @greg_ashman ) touches on why cognitive load theory is so powerful. Unlike much of what we are told during training and professional development, cognitive load theory has real implications for learning that are based on sound evidence derived from robust research designs. The limitations of working memory are what lead to cognitive overload. Looking for a previous edition? Check out the archives. “To

Instructional Design Tips to Create eLearning to Train Corporate Millennial Workforce

Adobe Captivate

Multitaskers. So please do not dump the text-heavy content and increase my cognitive load. “Modern Instructional Design can address the millennial learning needs and help you create an effective eLearning.” In this blog, we will discuss the modern digital learning needs along with the corresponding instructional design tips to create learner-centered corporate eLearning. But What is the Need? Retaining talents is one of the biggest challenges in the corporate world.

7 principles of 21st-century learning and elearning


2013), can be broken down into a socio-cognitive, socio-affective and pedagogical presence. Are we really good at multitasking?

Video Games To Train Your Brain


There’s also evidence to show that video games may be a viable treatment for depression and improve memory and mood in adults with mild cognitive impairment. ‘Multitasking After 60: Video Game Boosts Focus, Mental Agility’ Today is World Mental Health Day 2017. So what can we do to make sure we stay mentally healthy, at work and at home? Is it boring to train your brain? Research into the effects of video games says No.

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Needed Skills for New Media

Tony Karrer

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Wonderful Brain

Hyperconnectivity is baked in to millennials as is multitasking. Finally, a mentor or coach would have the opportunity to not only work with the individual millennial but also learn what modalities worked best – and what components of this ecology yielded both cognitive results and emotional commitment. By this time we all know the tropes that define who millennials (M) are, how they act and their fundamental personality characteristics.

The Science of Attention (And Why eLearning Professionals Should Care)

SHIFT eLearning

Information that gets this far is carried to the amygdala, the emotional filter, which determines what passes to the prefrontal cortex, the place where the highest cognition and emotional reflection takes place. People are unable to multitask — it is only possible to focus on one thing at a time. Paying attention is a task people take for granted; they rarely stop to think about the complex neurocognitive processes involved.

Knowledge and Learning In The News - 3/26/2006

Big Dog, Little Dog

Although multitasking kids may be better prepared in some ways for today's frenzied workplace, many cognitive scientists are positively alarmed by the trend. Kids that are instant messaging while doing homework, playing games online and watching TV, I predict, aren't going to do well in the long run," says Jordan Grafman, chief of the cognitive neuroscience section at the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke.

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The Big 7: Create Online Courses Based On These Principles of Learning

SHIFT eLearning

Well, cognitive science disagrees. This principle has attracted more and more attention in the previous years that researchers have referred to it in different names: life-long learning, knowledge transfer, multitask learning, inductive transfer and learning to learn. There are principles of good learning design and delivery every training professional should be aware of.