Multitasking is the ability to handle more than one task, or activity, at the same time. You probably must be aware of the fact that multitasking is problematic. It not only reduces efficacy and costs you time, but can hamper your performance and may even damage your brain. Researchers from Stanford University revealed that people who are involved with multitasking cannot pay attention and recall information than those who complete one task at a time. Another study from University of London found that multitasking lowers your Intelligence Quotient (IQ). The Stanford research team compared groups of people based on their tendency to multitask and their belief that it helps their performance. They found that heavy multitaskers were actually worse at multitasking than people who like to do a single thing at a time. The frequent multitaskers performed worse because they had more trouble organizing their thoughts and filtering out irrelevant information. They were also found to be slower at switching from one task to another. The authors wrote, "Multitasking reduces your efficiency and performance because your brain can only focus on one thing at a time. When you try to do two things at once, your brain lacks the capacity to perform both tasks successfully." University of London researchers found that study participants who multitasked during cognitive tasks experienced IQ score declines. The IQ score drops of 15 points for multitasking men lowered their scores to the average range of an eight-year-old child. Researchers said that while more research is needed to determine if multitasking is physically damaging the brain, it is clear that multitasking has negative effects.Source: Medindia << Weight Gain Due to Diabetes Drugs Increases Risk of Heart Fa... Blood Sugar Test, a Must for Pregnant Women: Union Health Mi... >> Recommended Reading Multitasking Neurons Question the Importance of Specialization Give a thought to all the things you are doing at this moment. As your eyes go through the lines of this article, your brain could be processing the smell of coffee. READ MORE Some Adolescents are Adept at Media Multitasking Research says telling youths who are juggling multiple electronic devices to "focus on the task at hand" may not always be good advice. READ MORE Multitasking may be Hardwired into Genes Researchers from the George Mason University have revealed that the ability to multitask may have a genetic basis. READ MORE Women Prefer Multitasking Men A new study has revealed that like humans, female frogs also prefer males who have the ability to multitask effectively. READ MORE Ataxia Ataxia affects coordination. Gait becomes unstable and the patient loses balance. The cerebellum or its inputs and/or outputs are affected. READ MORE Language Areas in The Brain The mechanism of how human brain processes the language to express and comprehend the verbal, written, gestures and symbols is still a mystery. READ MORE Multitasking: Good or Bad for Your Brain? Is multitasking good when your brain frantically switches between tasks or does it slow down the brain processes causing changes in brain structure? Learn what happens to the brain when you multitask. READ MORE Parkinsons Disease Parkinson’s disease is a neurodegenerative disease caused by progressive dopamine brain cells loss. Symptoms of Parkinson’s disease are correctable to an extent. READ MORE Ways to Improve your Intelligence Quotient (IQ) Intelligence quotient (IQ) is a psychological measure of human intelligence. Regular physical and mental exercise, social networking are ways to increase IQ. READ MORE Most Popular on Medindia Sinopril (2mg) (Lacidipine) Calculate Ideal Weight for Infants Drug Interaction Checker More News on: Parkinsons DiseaseParkinsons Disease Surgical TreatmentBrainBrain FactsAtaxiaLanguage Areas in The BrainWays to Improve your Intelligence Quotient (IQ)Multitasking: Good or Bad for Your Brain?