Why We Can't Do 3 Things at Once


Wed, Apr 21st, 2010 11:00 by capnasty NEWS

According to a new study, the brain is set up to manage two tasks, but not more. When faced with two tasks, a part of the brain known as the medial prefrontal cortex (MFC) divides so that half of the region focuses on one task and the other half on the other task. This division of labour allows a person to keep track of two tasks pretty readily: we can cook, and at the same time talk on the phone, and switch back and forth between these two activities. But if you throw in a third, things get a bit muddled.



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