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The Selective Attention Test

Jeevan Sivasubramaniam Posted by Jeevan Sivasubramaniam, Managing Director, Editorial, Berrett-Koehler Publishers Inc.

The Selective Attention Test

One of the biggest knocks against multitasking is that focusing on different things can make you oblivious to something else. Take the test in the video below before reading further.

Multitaskers scored well in noticing what others didn't, but they lost count of the number of passes -- which is the priority task. This shows diminished powers of mental organization and a difficulty switching between tasks.


David Marshall
David Marshall

This reminds me of playing dodge ball in PE class in elementary school. As I approached the center line, I had to concentrate on throwing the ball to get someone out on the other team while watching for balls bulleting toward my head. Ouch.

May 15, 2015