Wednesday, July 21, 2010
7802: Men Inferior At Multitasking.
From The New York Daily News…
You go girl! Women are much better at multitasking than men: study
By Rosemary Black, Daily News Staff Writer
Need to get some jobs done fast? Ask a woman.
Females are much better at multitasking than men, and they far outperformed guys when directed to search for a lost key, according to Science Daily. Some 70 percent of women in a study performed better than their male counterparts when looking for the key.
The search for the lost key task, which involved giving the men and women a blank sheet of paper representing a field and asking them to draw how they would search for the key, revealed that women planned more strategically than men, Professor Keith Laws of the University of Hertfordshire’s School of Psychology said, according to Science Daily. “I was surprised by this result given the arguments that men have better spatial skills than women.”
Laws’ research on multitasking focused on 50 male and 50 female undergrads who had eight minutes to perform several tasks simultaneously. These ranged from simple math problems and map reading to answering a phone call and explaining the strategy they would use to look for a key if it were lost in a field. While the male and female volunteers performed equally on math and map reading tasks, women outdid the men in the key search.