For those new to the Crowsnest, welcome. Know that when a student’s computer screen shows a non-academic subject, that student must read an article about multitasking and talk to me outside of class. See Crowsnest Rules! In the last few weeks, some students disocvered some very fascinating articles. Here are a few interesting ones that emerged from their research. This image of the brain can be found on the NPR page with accompanying story: http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=95256794
http://www.thenewatlantis.com/publications/the-myth-of-multitasking I like this article because it evolves from Lord Chesterfield’s wit and intellect. I often cite Lord Chesterfield’s remark (it turns out he, along with Twain et al are possible sources) “I apologize that this letter is so long. I did not have the time to make it short,” when people press for me a length requirement for a writing assignment. So enjoy this article as it celebrates Lord Chesterfield’s appreciation for “singular focus as a way to structure one’s time and as a mark of intelligence.” He, of course, was writing before MRIs supplied the data to show the myth of multitasking.
This popular site was appreciated by several students because of the shocking statistic, %40. So many students were amazed that it is a figure that high. http://psychology.about.com/od/cognitivepsychology/a/costs-of-multitasking.htm