Dr. Wisnu Wiradhany: The Paradox of Multitasking | Work in Progress #13

Join host Tia Harmer as she sits down with the multitasking master himself, Dr. Wisnu Wiradany. He's a cognitive psychologist with a Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology from the University of Groningen.

Are you have been told that multitasking is the ultimate solution to increasing productivity, but is it truly effective? Is multitasking really beneficial, or does it lead to exhaustion and anxiety?

Meet Dr. Wisnu Wiradhany

Dr. Wisnu Wiradhany is a cognitive psychologist with a Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology from the University of Groningen.

Dr. Wisnu is interested in studying how human interactions with media and communication technologies affect mental processes, such as attention and learning.

Dr. Wisnu is currently an Assistant Professor and Head of the Laboratory of the Psychology Department at Bina Nusantara University, Jakarta, Indonesia.

Dr. Wisnu advocates for open science, using open-source software, and making research more accessible.

About the episode

In this episode hosted by Tia Harmer, Dr. Wisnu Wiradhany explored the concept of personal productivity and the dangers of hustle culture and multitasking.

Dr. Wisnu discussed the difference between multitasking and distraction and the paradox of multitasking. He also explained the components of attention and the importance of setting academic goals.

Dr. Wisnu shared tips for improving focus and productivity and discussed the importance of scheduling and time management for work-life balance.

Lastly, Dr. Wisnu emphasized open science, reproducibility, and using open-source software. He also recommended pre-registering experiments for transparency and unbiased reporting.

In conclusion

Multitasking is counterproductive as the brain can only process one task at a time. Effective time management, clear goals, and avoiding distractions optimize focus and productivity. Open science practices promote transparency and valuable insights into multitasking’s effects on productivity.

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