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Who Multi-Tasks and Why? Multi-Tasking Ability, Perceived Multi-Tasking Ability, Impulsivity, and Sensation Seeking

  • David M. Sanbonmatsu,

    Affiliation: Department of Psychology, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah, United States of America

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  • David L. Strayer mail,

    David.Strayer@uah.edu

    Affiliation: Department of Psychology, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah, United States of America

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  • Nathan Medeiros-Ward,

    Affiliation: Department of Psychology, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah, United States of America

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  • Jason M. Watson

    Affiliation: Department of Psychology, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah, United States of America

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  • Published: January 23, 2013
  • DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0054402

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Posted by PLoS_ONE_Group on 25 Jan 2013 at 23:38 GMT

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Publication: Counsel & Heal
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Publication: French Tribune
Title: “Rating Oneself Good in Multi-Tasking and Differ in Action: Study | French Tribune”
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Publication: Global Post
Title: “Multi-tasking is harder than you think, study shows”
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Publication: Health Day
Title: “Drivers Who Multitask Often Overestimate Their Skills”
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Title: “Multitasking Does Not Work; If You Think You are Good at It, Your Personality May be Deceiving You, Study Suggests | HelpingYouCare”
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Title: “Think you're good at multi-tasking? .... well, it's all a myth - News, Frontpage - Herald.ie”
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Title: “Think you can multitask? Congratulations, you're probably living a lie.”
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Title: “Most are terrible multitaskers but believe the opposite, U. study says | ksl.com”
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Title: “Multi-taskers are Bad At It | Productivity | LiveScience”
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Title: “Think you're great at multitasking? Think again | MinnPost”
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Title: “If You Think You're Good At Multitasking, You Probably Aren't : Shots - Health News : NPR”
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Publication: Press Release
Title: “Frequent Multitaskers Are Bad at It | University of Utah News”
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Publication: Psych Central
Title: “Misperceptions of Multitasking | Psych Central News”
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Title: “Multi-tasking: 'Experts' don't have upper hand | Stuff.co.nz”
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Publication: The Globe and Mail
Title: “'Great' multitaskers usually pretty terrible at it: study - The Globe and Mail”
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Title: “Business Line : News / Science : People who multi-task the most worst at it: Study”
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RE: Media Coverage of This Article

PLoS_ONE_Group replied to PLoS_ONE_Group on 01 Feb 2013 at 23:31 GMT

Publication: Helping You Care
Title: “Multitasking Does Not Work; If You Think You are Good at It, Your Personality May be Deceiving You, Study Suggests”
http://www.helpingyoucare...

Publication: French Tribune
Title: “Rating Oneself Good in Multi-Tasking and Differ in Action: Study | French Tribune”
http://www.frenchtribune....

Publication: Global Post
Title: “Multi-tasking is harder than you think, study shows”
http://www.globalpost.com...

Publication: The HIndu Business Line
Title: “Business Line : News / Science : People who multi-task the most worst at it: Study”
http://www.thehindubusine...

Publication: Stuff.co.nz
Title: “Multi-tasking: 'Experts' don't have upper hand | Stuff.co.nz”
http://www.stuff.co.nz/sc...

Publication: KCEN
Title: “Study: Frequent Multi-Taskers Least Capable of Doing It Well - kcentv.com - KCEN HD - Waco, Temple, and Killeen”
http://www.kcentv.com/sto...

Publication: The Star
Title: “Think you 're good at multi-tasking? You 're probably not - thestar.com”
http://www.thestar.com/li...

Publication: Herald.ie
Title: “Think you're good at multi-tasking? .... well, it's all a myth - News, Frontpage - Herald.ie”
http://www.herald.ie/news...

Publication: i09
Title: “Think you can multitask? Congratulations, you're probably living a lie.”
http://io9.com/5977798/th...

Publication: Counsel & Heal
Title: “No, You Can't Text While Driving : Health : Counsel & Heal”
http://www.counselheal.co...

Publication: KSL
Title: “Most are terrible multitaskers but believe the opposite, U. study says | ksl.com”
http://www.ksl.com/?nid=1...

Publication: The Telegraph
Title: “Serial multitaskers 'worse at multitasking' - Telegraph”
http://www.telegraph.co.u...

Publication: WebMD
Title: “Are Those Who Multitask Most the Worst at It?”
http://www.webmd.com/news...

Publication: Livescience
Title: “Multi-taskers are Bad At It | Productivity | LiveScience”
http://www.livescience.co...

Publication: Health Day
Title: “Drivers Who Multitask Often Overestimate Their Skills”
http://consumer.healthday...

Publication: Press Release
Title: “Frequent Multitaskers Are Bad at It | University of Utah News”
http://unews.utah.edu/new...

Publication: The Globe and Mail
Title: “'Great' multitaskers usually pretty terrible at it: study - The Globe and Mail”
http://www.theglobeandmai...

Publication: NPR Shots Health Blog
Title: “If You Think You're Good At Multitasking, You Probably Aren't : Shots - Health News : NPR”
http://www.npr.org/blogs/...

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RE: RE: Media Coverage of This Article

PLoS_ONE_Group replied to PLoS_ONE_Group on 01 Feb 2013 at 23:32 GMT

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Title: “So You Think Multitasking is a Good Thing. Don't Believe The Hype.”
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Title: “Multitasking and Distracted Driving: You Are Not the Exception”
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Publication: NPR
Title: “If You Think You're Good At Multitasking, You Probably Aren't”
http://m.npr.org/news/Sci...

Publication: Psych Central
Title: “Misperceptions of Multitasking | Psych Central News”
http://psychcentral.com/n...

Publication: WebMD
Title: “Are Those Who Multitask Most the Worst at It?”
http://www.webmd.com/bala...

Publication: MinnPost
Title: “Think you're great at multitasking? Think again | MinnPost”
http://www.minnpost.com/s...

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RE: RE: RE: Media Coverage of This Article

PLoS_ONE_Group replied to PLoS_ONE_Group on 08 Feb 2013 at 21:34 GMT

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PLoS_ONE_Group replied to PLoS_ONE_Group on 22 Jul 2013 at 16:58 GMT

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Publication: The Atlantic
Title: “Study: If You Multitask Often, You're Impulsive and Bad at Multitasking - Lindsay Abrams - The Atlantic”
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Publication: The Atlantic Cities
Title: “The People Who Need 'Texting Zones' on Highways Most Are Also Least Likely to Use Them - Eric Jaffe - The Atlantic Cities”
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