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Thursday, October 30, 2014

Why musicians are better multitaskers

It helps that they're naturally adept at switching between separate mental tasks


By Tom Jacobs, Pacific Standard | October 27, 2014    


We all call it "multitasking," but psychologists insist that's a misnomer. Since we can't actually focus on more than one thing at a time, the skill is really "task switching" — the ability to alternate smoothly and easily between two sets of mental tasks.

New research from Canada suggests one group of people is able to do that better than the rest of us: trained musicians. (...)

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