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Women better multitaskers than men

world Updated: Jul 18, 2010 20:55 IST

Psychologists have proven that women are much better than men at multitasking.

Keith Laws, professor and psychologist at the University of Hertfordshire, who led the research, said: "We have all heard stories that either men can't multitask or that women are exceptionally good at multitasking," reports the Telegraph.

His team found that when women and men work on a number of simple tasks — such as searching for a key or doing easy maths problems — simultaneously, the women significantly outperformed the men.

Laws gave 50 male and 50 female students eight minutes to perform three tasks at the same time: carrying out simple maths problems, finding restaurants on a map and sketching a strategy for how they would search for a lost key in an imaginary field.

As they performed the tasks, the volunteers also received a phone call that they could either chose to answer or not.

If they did answer, they were given an additional general knowledge test while they continued to carry out their other activities.

While women were able to perform well in all four activities at once, men performed, on average, worse when it came to planning to search for the key.