Wednesday, June 28, 2006

Women: natural multi-taskers

Upon preparing for my presentation topic, multi-tasking and health education campaigns, I've come across articles and studies that suggest multi-tasking is more of an woman's health issue.

The Star-Telegram, a texas newspaper, published an article on the different approaches each gender has on multi-tasking. Husband-and-wife team Raquel and Ruben Gur study gender differences at the University of Pennsylvania. It't their belief that the brain's structure and activity affect how men and women respond to certain situations. Studies re-inforce long-held notions that contrast men's "spotlight minds" with women's "floodlight minds." When studied performing language and spacial tasks, women's brains are activated widely, with much sharing of information between the hemispheres. Men's brains on the other hand, "light up" more selectively, using areas of the brain that specialize in the task at hand.

Women may feel more naturally comfortable doing a million things at once while men choose to complete tasks one at a time. With all findings there are exceptions to the rule. Some women may not be able to deal with muliple tasks and go through stressful outbursts and some men may rather tackling multiple things at one time. This can have effects to one's health, the ability to deal with multiple things and how one reacts. There have been studies that show multi-tasking can lead to stress which results in a variety of health complications.

Personally I've grown accustomed to multi-tasking within various areas of my life, whether its professioanlly or personally. Depending on the task at hand I may complete it with ease or become totally stressed out.


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