Mental Multitasking

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   Posted 10/5/2006 12:35 AM (GMT -6)   
OK, I'm going to ask you guys here about this because I have NO idea of where else to ask about it, and it does affect my BP.

I can multitask mentally.
And I don't just mean doing a few things at the same time like everyone can, or reading whilst doing something.

If my eyes had the ability, I could read two completely different books and be able to fully concentrate on them as though I were fully concentrating on one book.

I know this because I do it with music.
I can listen to different parts in music and fully concentrate on them, which helps me a lot when learning a piece, or listening, or composing (listening to the inner orchestra :-) )

It is literally like I have 2 seperate minds and sets of ears when I do this. It's like I'm 2 people inside my head. And each of 'me' just listens to a different part, but my brain is able to process both parts completely as though I were only listening to one part. It would be the same with reading books if my eyes could do it.

I can think about completely different things at once - one side of my brain will be solving mathematical problems, with full concentration needed, whilst the other side is working on an argument for a discussion on physics, also with full concentration needed.

Usually I limit myself to 2 seperate trains of thought. This is mostly because I've always been able to do this and I've never really 'tried' to do it, I just do it. I've never really worked on it or tried to improve it. I don't think I've ever tried to have more than 2 seperate trains of thought going at the same time.

It's not perfect - mostly because my fibro fog affects both trains of thoughts.

Whenever I've mentioned that I can do this and that I've been able to do it all my life though, people seem to think it's impossible.
So I'm guessing it's pretty rare.

Has anyone ever heard of anything like this, or experienced anything like this?
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