The Myth of Multitasking, Redux

2 Mar ’06

I’ve written several times here about what I see as the myth of multitasking. But for everyone who sees it as a myth, there seems to be at least one other who sees it as a core competence. (I’ve often wondered whether that phenomenon has anything to do with whatever it is that makes people who use their celphones while driving think that it’s only their driving skills that are unaffected by the distraction). Well, whatever – I think I have my answer, from 43 Folders:

But the researchers found something far more interesting. Subjects who made incorrect decisions under “noisy” conditions tended to have extremely high confidence that their decisions were right. They were far more confident than the subjects dealing with a noncluttered image.

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