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New research from Canada finds trained musicians more efficiently switch from one mental task to another.

We all call it “multitasking,” but psychologists insist that’s a misnomer. Since we can’t actually focus on more than one thing at a time, the skill is really “task switching”—the ability to alternate smoothly and easily between two sets of mental tasks.

New research from Canada suggests one group of people is able to do that better than the rest of us: Trained musicians. Full story.

Tom Jacobs (Pacific Standard) / October 23, 2014

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