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Gender Differences in Multitasking

Ongoing

Project description

In this project we aim to investigate whether men and women differ in their way they are multitasking, which means doing two or more tasks at the same time.

Multitasking has become a ubiquitous activity in our everyday life, including the work life. In this project, we try to find out whether men and women differ in multitasking in many respects. For instance, we investigate whether one sex is better at multitasking than the other (or not), whether there are difference in the preference to engage in multitasking, whether there are differences in the brain areas involved in multitasking, and whether our findings hold for computerised laboratory tasks as well as more ecologically valid real-life tasks. 
First, findings from this research is of interest to the science community because it deepens our understanding of how the (female and male) human mind works. Second, findings of this research is of interest for applications such as design of workplaces or human-machine (computer)-interfaces.