And we’ve known this since the 1890s. Experiments repeatedly show that multitasking basically makes you perform badly at any of the tasks you’re performing. Now, however, it turns out that not only do you do badly at the tasks, but it also destroys your capacity for reasoning.

This article walks quickly through the history of the research on multitasking and brings you up to date with methods to practically use single tasking, from the extreme in classrooms to the more mundane.

Scholars Turn Their Attention to Attention – The Chronicle Review – The Chronicle of Higher Education.