Can your brain multitask?

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  1. cslewis macrumors 6502a

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    Try this, it's freaky...

    Stand up in front of your computer. Rotate your right leg in a counterclockwise motion. At the same time, try to draw a 'J' in the air with your right arm. Unless i'm wired wrong, my foot swings back and goes in the opposite direction.

    Weird!

    Fine, I'm bored. I have nothing better to do than this... :p
     
  2. stoid macrumors 601

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    Ummmm, ok, I don't have problems multi-tasking.....


    Do we want to know why/how you figured this out? ;)
     
  3. iLikeMyiMac macrumors 6502a

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    I can do it. I think it works better if you move your leg for a while before you try an draw a J.
     
  4. sorryiwasdreami macrumors 6502a

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    I can do it too; no trouble. It feels like more of a rhythm/coordination exercise than a multitasking brain exercise.
     
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    It helps if you draw the J the other way ;). I can do it with some concentration (no mean feat though)
     
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    I did it on the 2nd try. I tried to do it again and again, but found that it was harder to swing your right leg after rotating it for too long.
     
  9. Mr. Anderson Moderator emeritus

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    No problem on the first try with my right, but it took a few more tries with my left :D

    Now sit down in a chair and counter rotate both legs (left cw, right ccw) and do the opposite with your arms, left ccw and right cw. That's a bit more difficult and uses both hemispheres ;)

    D
     
  10. krimson macrumors 65816

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    Try the leg thing, BUT, try drawing a square with your right hand and a triangle with your left, while nodding your head.

    :)
     
  11. rueyeet macrumors 65816

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    ha! I'd have trouble just keeping all those instructions in my head all at the same time. :eek: :eek:

    But then, I already know that I'm no multitasker. I can't concentrate on something if the TV or stereo is on, I can't absorb multiple rapid-fire instructions, I can't handle too many projects at once. What I can do is concentrate very narrowly on one thing at a time and do it very well at a high level of detail....I think I inherited this from my dad.
     
  12. wdlove macrumors P6

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    I think that women in general are better at multitasking.

    It reminds me of placing a folding chair about 6" away from the wall. Then you lean over with your legs to the back and lean your head against the wall, you are leaning at angle. Men are unable to lift the chair, but women can. It a matter of the female center of gravity.
     
  13. cslewis thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I can sort of do it now... it is odd, though. :D
     
  14. Blue Velvet Moderator emeritus

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    Our entire brain is constantly multi-tasking.

    While you're ferreting down/up/through layers of symbols to find the sounds or shapes that correspond with the thoughts you want to express, you're also digesting your last meal, monitoring millions of nerve impulses and god knows the billions of other processes that are going on in this split second in your body.

    And you have no idea how 'you' are doing it...
     
  15. themadchemist macrumors 68030

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    Considering that my brain regulates heart rate, digestion, interpretation of sensory input, thought, motor control, body temperature, and scores of other vital functions all at once, I would say, yes, my brain can multitask.
     
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    :mad:
     
  17. MongoTheGeek macrumors 68040

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    That was easier. I did it 2 times out of 3. The middle time the square came out a parallelogram.
     
  18. krimson macrumors 65816

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    most people end up doing 4 circles.. i had half my office trying it.. pretty funny yesterday.
     
  19. vollspacken macrumors 65816

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    my brain can't even singletask in this intoxicated condition... :p

    vSpacken
     

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