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Men, not women, are better multi-taskers: Swedish study

Published on Oct 24, 2012 7:33 PM

STOCKHOLM (AFP) - Working mothers may have to juggle more tasks than their husbands, but the long-held belief that women are better than men at multi-tasking is a myth, according to new Swedish research.

"On the contrary, the results of our study show that men are better at multi-tasking than women," Professor Timo Maentylae, a psychology professor at Stockholm University, said.

Men are sometimes better than women at handling multiple tasks simultaneously, but the performance gap is correlated to the female menstrual cycle, according to his study, to be published in US peer-reviewed journal Psychological Science.

In line with previous research, men and women with good so-called working memory were also better than others at multi-tasking.

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