According to cognitive psychologist, Daniel Willingham, sort of. All of us do better when we do one task at a time, but younger people have more working memory capacity.
All of Willingham’s work about “how we learn” rings very true for me, and also jibes with the work of Dr. Yagoob, which also felt spot on.
Just finished his article about multitasking. Bottom line: multitasking is never a good idea. Music may be the exception.
Listening to music while working may be the exception for some students working on certain types of tasks. Some teachers allow students to listen to their iPods while they work at particular tasks and others don’t. The research literature is not clear enough to recommend to either group that they consider changing that policy.
Illustrations by Jennifer Orkin Lewis