Definition: Dual-tasking and multitasking

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Dual-tasking is the ability to perform two tasks simultaneously. Dual-tasking measures a component of executive function as participants are required to coordinate their attention to both tasks while they are being performed. Dual-tasking is differentiated from serial multitasking paradigms where individuals focus on and perform one task at a time, switching between those tasks. However, concurrent multitasking can be used synonymously with dual-tasking as the tasks are performed in parallel (e.g., talking on the phone while stirring a pan on the stove).
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)313-314
Early online date4 Jul 2018
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sept 2018


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