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The editing of sound is said to happen in the auditory cortex behind the ear, and not in areas of higher thought - as once was thought.
Prof Diane M. Beck claims that "It's a push-pull relationship—the more we focus on one thing, the less we can focus on others."
This WSJ article uses the example of driving while talking on your mobile or cell phone, and that this type of multitasking simply cannot be achieved without the brain turning a blind eye to one of the tasks - usually the driving.
Multitasking is essential in the medical profession, but are limitations to what multitasking can achieve? Does it ever risk patient safety />? How good are you at multitasking?