Take the 2-minute tour ×
English Language & Usage Stack Exchange is a question and answer site for linguists, etymologists, and serious English language enthusiasts. It's 100% free, no registration required.

I thought of the word 'multi-tasker' but is there a better word which can express focussing on multiple tasks with equal efficiency? For instance, it is said that Leonardo Da Vinci, a polymath, was able to write and draw at the same time.

share|improve this question
7  
I believe "polymath" simply refers to a Renaissance man, or someone who knows a lot about a variety of subjects, not necessarily a "multi-tasker.":) –  kalaracey Jan 20 '11 at 19:24
1  
Multipotent and versatile come to mind, but none of them has the connotation of "at the same time". –  RegDwigнt Jan 20 '11 at 19:46
5  
I've never really believed that there was such a person--one who can multi-task with equal efficiency--though I have no doubt there are a lot of people who think they can. –  bikeboy389 Jan 20 '11 at 20:31
2  
@Martha - it's the latter option. Drawing with one hand while writing with the other. –  Dusty Jan 20 '11 at 20:41
1  
@bikeboy389 I'll have you know that I can breathe and surf the internet simultaneously without losing any efficiency. In fact, I would go so far as to say breathing actually improves my surfing ability longterm. I can even bite my nails without thinking about it! :p –  kitukwfyer Jan 20 '11 at 22:23

1 Answer 1

There must be a word, however it doesn't make sense. A person, as many studies and research suggest, is only capable to concentrate on one task at a time.

I found some interesting information here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Human_multitasking

share|improve this answer
    
But rapid switching is probably is what we call 'multi-tasking' when referring to people. –  jbelacqua Mar 28 '11 at 22:30
    
As per the definition of "concentrate" I guess ;-) –  Alain Pannetier Φ Mar 28 '11 at 22:30
    
@jgbelacqua: And computers... en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scheduling_%28computing%29 –  Charles Jun 16 '11 at 16:05

Your Answer

 
discard

By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.