The Brain Isn’t Set-Up To Multi-Task


The brain can’t do more than two activities well.

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If you can’t do more than two activities at a time, don’t become upset, depressed. A study proposes that the brain isn’t set-up to handle more than two activities at a time.

The brain was designed to handle two activities, tasks, at one time according to a study.

The Medial Prefrontal Cortex, portion of the brain, separates when you’re involved with two activities. Half of the area will focus on task 1, and the other portion pays attention to task 2.

A third activity strains, confuses.

“What really the results show is that we can readily divide tasking. We can cook, and at the same time talk on the phone, and switch back and forth between these two activities,” explained study researcher Etienne Koechlin of the Universite Pierre et Marie Curie in Paris, France. “However, we cannot multitask with more than two tasks.”

The Medial Prefrontal Cortex is associated with a person’s value system, and a person will act, react, according to their value system.

Koechlin, collaborators, tested 32 subjects by having them do a letter matching task. The subjects’ brains were scanned with functional magnetic resonance imaging.

Subjects were shown upper-case letters on a screen, and they had to determine if letters were in the correct order to spell specific words.

People received money for correct answers.