Multi-tasking may improve performance

Multi-tasking may improve performance
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Multi-tasking may improve performance. People can do two things at once and do them both well, according to a new study that challenges the notion that multi-tasking causes one or both activities to suffer.

Washington: People can do two things at once and do them both well, according to a new study that challenges the notion that multi-tasking causes one or both activities to suffer. In a study of older adults who completed cognitive tasks while cycling on a stationary bike, University of Florida researchers found that participants' cycling speed improved while multi-tasking with no cost to their cognitive performance.

Researchers originally set out to determine the degree to which dual task performance suffers in patients with Parkinson's disease. They had a group of patients with Parkinson's and a group of healthy older adults complete a series of increasingly difficult cognitive tests while cycling. Participants' cycling speed was about 25 per cent faster while doing the easiest cognitive tasks but became slower as the cognitive tasks became more difficult.

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