Beyond Simple Multi-Tasking: Continuous Partial Attention

Resource Author:  Linda Stone
Resource Date:  11/30/2009
Resource Name:  Linda Stone
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What I call continuous partial attention is referred to as complex multi-tasking in cognitive science.  Most of us don’t walk around distinguishing between simple and complex multi-tasking when we talk about our day:  “I multi-tasked all afternoon and I’m exhausted.”  “Yes, I multi-task when I drive.”  “A good chef has to multi-task.”

Were those examples of simple or complex multi-tasking?  There’s no way to know.