Have you ever tried to pat your head and rub your stomach at the same time?
This is a classic example of a dual task performance, and what many have tried to understand is can the performance of these tasks be improved in any way?
A suggestion that has been posed by psychologists is practice; repeating something over and over again. At a time when the Olympics has just passed and with only 9 days until the paralympics, there is a certain amount of evidence that practice does indeed make perfect. Yet how many hours do we need to put in to make a performance perfect, and is there such a thing as ‘perfect’?
The answer from many is 10,000 hours….
However, I am pretty sure that every task can not be perfected in 10,000 hours. I have been through 2 years of A-Level Psychology, 3 years of Undergrad, 1 year of teacher Ed and 2 years of masters of Ed whilst teaching in a college for 2 years. I still have a long way to go!! Yet I have put less than 10,000 hours into Fall out 4 on the Xbox One, and I can tell you now I rock at that game!
How long do you think it has taken you to become an expert in something, do you think you are an expert? And does practice really make perfect?
Through my degree I examined the idea of practice makes perfect in respects to dual task performance, more can be found here: Critically evaluate the notion that ‘practice makes perfect’ with regards to divided attention
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