Män har inte sämre simultanförmåga än kvinnor

För många år sedan kom nyheten att män har sämre simultanförmåga än kvinnor. Det var en professor i psykologi vid University of Herthforeshire, Keith Laws, som framförde dessa resultat via media men utan att publicera en vetenskaplig artikel i ämnet. Dessa så kallade resultat har sedan visat sig felaktiga många gånger om trots detta lever myten kvar. Man kan undra varför.

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19 kommentarer till Män har inte sämre simultanförmåga än kvinnor

  1. professor Keith R laws skriver:

    Dear Siri
    excuse me but I am reading this as a translation into English. My name is Professor Keith Laws – the person to who you refer above – and I would be interested to know what is the evidence you refer to here. I dont know if the translation is correct – but how has the notion been ”proven false many times over”? Can you point me to the evidence please – I am hapy to discuss this with you
    regards
    Professor Keith Laws

    • Siri Wikander skriver:

      Wonderful to hear from to the source himself! I have from different sources that you never actually published a scientific paper that there is a difference between men and women when it comes to multitasking. Is that wrong so please tell me about your research and the results. Please also link to published articles.

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      • Professor Keith R Laws skriver:

        I followed the link – and coul dfind no description of data etc – perhaps I have missed something and you can help me here? All I can find is a webpage for Martin Westberg talking about some informal survey….is that the evidence showing the hypothesis to be ”false many times over”?

  2. Siri Wikander skriver:

    I´m so interested in where you have published your results. Please get back with links. I am also curious to how you outrule the fact that training improves multitasking. If it is as you claim (yes?) that women are better at multitasking how do you know that they haven´t been exposed to more training situations?

    • Professor Keith R Laws skriver:

      As you know from what you have already stated, our results are not yet published because we we are running multiple longitudinal studies – in the context of what you are claiming – this is irrelvant (since you have no published studies showing the opposite!)
      However, I am happy to share my data and findings with you (if you are really interested) – in return you simply need to show me the evidence that you refer to.

      Re training – it is irrelevant in our research – as men and women were randomly selected But what training do you mean? However, perhaps women do have more training e.g. through their work etc but how is this relevant to anything – if you are claiming that men and woemn do not differ?

  3. Keith Laws skriver:

    Just some quick points about your links (evidence):
    The first shows women to be better than men
    the second and fourth are the same study – which did not examine sex diffs
    and the third I could not open as yet – but will get back to you on this

    How is any of this evidence for your claim that it has been proven many times over that women are not better than men at multitasking?

    • Siri Wikander skriver:

      I am really interested in hearing what you have to say about the fact that your unpublished results are communicated in media and discussed at kitchen tables as common knowledge.

      I am also very curious about the fact that you have not published any results. Why is that?

      Regarding the first one there is no significant statistical difference in the result which means it could just as well been the other way around. So I interpret it as no difference.

      More references:
      Walking and talking: dual-task effects on street crossing behavior in older adults.Neider MB, Gaspar JG, McCarley JS, Crowell JA, Kaczmarski H, Kramer AF.Psychol Aging. 2011 Jun;26(2):260-8.
      Psychon Bull Rev. 2010 Aug;17(4):479-85.
      Supertaskers: Profiles in extraordinary multitasking ability.
      Watson JM, Strayer DL.

      These references show that younger are better at multitasking than older and that some individuals have an unique ability to mulittask. The participants in the test where both men and women.

  4. Keith Laws skriver:

    Regarding your point ”Don´t you have test newborns to be certain of gender differences?”
    Why would this be so?

  5. Prof Keith R Laws skriver:

    I am really interested in hearing what you have to say about the fact that your unpublished results are communicated in media and discussed at kitchen tables as common knowledge.

    I am also very curious about the fact that you have not published any results. Why is that?
    I THOUGHT I HAD ANSWERED THIS ABOVE- WHAT IS THE ISSUE?

    Regarding the first one there is no significant statistical difference in the result which means it could just as well been the other way around. So I interpret it as no difference.
    YOU NEED TO CHECK AGAIN -YOU ARE WRONG THERE IS A SIGNIFICANT FEMALE ADVANTAGE FOR ACCURACY – IT IS NOT A LARGE REPORT BUT IT SUGGESTS THAT YOU DID NOT ACTUALLY READ IT?

    THE NEW STUDIES ARE IRRELEVANT AS SEX DIFFERENCES ARE NOT EXAMINED (AS WITH THE EARLIER ONES)

    WHEN YOU SAY Don´t you believe in social gender?
    WHAT DO YOU MEAN? WHY WOULD IT BE INTERESTING OR SENSIBLE TO EXAMINE MULTITASKING IN INFANTS?

  6. Prof Keith R Laws skriver:

    I was not shouting – I was making my answers to your specific questions clear by typing my response in capitals
    If you wish not to continue that is absolutely fine

  7. Siri Wikander skriver:

    Diskussionen har fortsatt på Netsurveys blogg och tar upp den spännande frågan om kvinnor överskattar sin förmåga att ”multitaska”. http://netsurvey.se/blogg/marten/igen-hur-pratet-om-kvinnors-oeverlaegsna-simultanfoermaga-bromsar-jaemstaelldheten

  8. Ping: Hindrar ”simultanförmåge-myten” kvinnor från att göra karriär? | Affärsdriven HR

  9. Ping: Again: why multi tasking hurts equality - Netsurvey

  10. Ping: Igen: Hur pratet om kvinnors överlägsna simultanförmåga bromsar jämställdheten - Netsurvey

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