Month: juin 2010

In a test created by Mr. Ophir and his colleagues, subjects at a computer were briefly shown an image of red rectangles. Then they saw a similar image and were asked whether any of the rectangles had moved. It was a simple task until the addition of a twist: blue rectangles were added, and the subjects were told to ignore them. (Play a game testing how well you filter out distractions.)

The multitaskers then did a significantly worse job than the non-multitaskers at recognizing whether red rectangles had changed position. In other words, they had trouble filtering out the blue ones — the irrelevant information.

So, too, the multitaskers took longer than non-multitaskers to switch among tasks, like differentiating vowels from consonants and then odd from even numbers. The multitaskers were shown to be less efficient at juggling problems. (Play a game testing how well you switch between tasks.)

Your Brain on Computers – Attached to Technology and Paying a Price – NYTimes.com

An earlier version of this story misstated the nature of the work performed by the Cray Jaguar supercomputer based at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee. It is used for unclassified research.

Chinese Edge Closer to Supercomputing Record – NYTimes.com

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