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12 April 2011

Multitasking hard for older people

New research finds that older people have slightly less of an ability to multitask, possibly because they can't refocus as well after getting interrupted.

New research finds that older people have slightly less of an ability to multitask, possibly because they can't refocus as well after getting interrupted.

In the report, which appears in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, researchers looked at how much people were able to focus when they are trying to do a task and something else vies for their attention. They wanted to specifically study how multitasking abilities evolve over the course of a lifetime.

Older people can't refocus

 
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