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.


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].

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.

Don’t Try to Do So Many Things At Once

CLO Magazine

Employee attempts to multitask are putting a serious damper on their performance. He compared multitasking to revving an engine and why highway mileage is better than city mileage on a car’s gas tank. Performance Management cognitive load multitasking performance

Typing, Talent, eLearning, Google, & Multitasking

Big Dog, Little Dog

Multitasking Can Make You Lose. When it comes to Multitasking, it depends what you're doing. For some people, listening to music while working actually makes them more creative because they are using different cognitive functions.

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.

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. Do you sometimes feel like the White Rabbit from Alice in Wonderland ?

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.

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.

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.

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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.

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. If you’ve been in the industry long enough, you’ve probably heard about (drum roll please) the forgetting curve.

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.

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.

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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!

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. Do you sometimes feel like the White Rabbit from Alice in Wonderland ?

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 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. It is also known as media multitasking, a term coined by Ulla Foehr in the 2006 Kaser Family Foundation report.

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 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. 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.”

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.

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?

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.)

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’

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Wonderful Brain

Hyperconnectivity is baked in to millennials as is multitasking. 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.

Needed Skills for New Media

Tony Karrer

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Microlearning: How to Get Started?

CommLab India

And as employees today are way too occupied multitasking and running around to meet deadlines, it becomes difficult for them to manage time between project deadlines to accommodate training. This also helps you reduce cognitive load on the learners.

The natives are revolting

Learning with e's

Older people - the immigrants - can't multitask like younger 'natives' can, because they are not as immersed in the gaming culture, and therefore don't live at 'twitch speed'.

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How To Use Multimedia In eLearning: 6 Factors To Consider


This is all supported by scientific fact: our minds are incapable of multitasking. In fact, it can help to reduce cognitive overload and improve comprehension. Multimedia makes eLearning interactive, entertaining, and easily digestible.

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.

Principles and Tools from “Modern Accessibility Techniques,” Hiram Kuykendall’s AAUG Presentation

The Learning Dispatch

Using a screen reader allows you to listen to long text documents so you can multitask.

eLearning Podcasts (and a few others)

The eLearning Coach

Topics have included: Embodiment, Unconscious Decisions, Reading and the Brain, Memory and Cognitive Science. Sample episodes include: Being on Time, Choosing a Tool to Mange Your To-Do List, Dealing with Distractions and Easy Multitasking. Some people dance with their iPods.