Multitasking
Danae Jan
Island Pacific School
Floor Location : J 146 H

How the brain works interested me and I wanted to know more about it. I have learned a lot doing this project and many times I was realizing that I would be doing more than one thing while trying to work on science fair. This project taught me a lot about better ways for me to learn and stay on task. I didn’t fully realize my interest for multitasking until this project. I found it really interesting and I now know that this is a subject I am interested in.

To determine how multitasking affects how quickly and effectively a person can perform a task.

I think that people will be more effective when they do one task at a time compared to switching between tasks. I think this because it allows people to focus on one thing at a time versus them changing focus all the time.

I gave each of my test subjects two tests. A mathematics test and word search were the two tasks they had to switch between. The two tests were similar but they had different questions on one and different words on the other. They had to switch back and forth between doing the word search and the test. The first week half of them had to multitask and half of them did not. The next week I switched who was multitasking and who was not. I put a stopwatch on the board and they started when I started the stop watch and when they finished they wrote their time on their sheet.

My hypothesis was right and wrong at the same time. My results on average said it took the same amount of time to multitask and not multitask. But people did better not multitasking. Comparing individuals showed that people did better not multitasking however it took them longer. There was one person in particular who got all of the questions right and got a time of 11:58 while multitasking, but when the test subject was not multitasking it took longer for her and she got less right. I think that this person could be a supertasker. I was right in how people did better when they were not multitasking but I was wrong because they completed it faster when they were multitasking. Multitasking was more efficient for time so if you wanted to do a task that is simple quickly you could multitask. People did seem to concentrate more and do better when they are not multitasking. I think my hypothesis was mostly accurate because they did do better when they were not multitasking although I was surprised with how long it took some people when they were multitasking.