Serial multitasking

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Serial multitasking is the ability to coordinate the completion of several tasks to achieve an overall goal (e.g., preparing a meal for friends). In everyday situations requiring serial multitasking, only one task can be attempted at a time; individuals are seeking to perform several tasks within a specific period but cannot perform the tasks from start to finish in strict succession. This chapter reviews the contribution of neuropsychology and cognitive aging research to the understanding of serial multitasking and discusses the cognitive processes that act cooperatively with one another to allow us to achieve our complex cognitive goals.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEncyclopedia of Behavioural Neuroscience
EditorsSergio Della Sala
Number of pages9
ISBN (Print)9780128216361
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 17 Sept 2021

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • multitasking
  • frontal lobes
  • rostral prefrontal cortex
  • supervisory attentional system
  • gateway hypothesis
  • aging
  • ecological validity
  • assessment
  • real-world activities


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