Understanding the Distracted Brain: Why Driving While Using Hands-free Cell Phones is Risky Behavior

04.21.2010

The National Safety Council released a white paper in March of 2010 entitled Understanding the Distracted Brain: Why Driving While Using Hands-free Cell Phones is Risky Behavior.

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Are women better at multi-tasking than men?

04.13.2010

Urban legend suggests that women are better at multi-tasking than men. This idea is bolstered, in part, by anthropologists who suggest that in hunter/gather times women were required to take care of many things at once (watch the children, gather food, prepare and cook meals, etc.).

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2010 Pulitzer Prize awarded for national reporting on driver distraction

04.12.2010

The 2010 Pulitzer Prize for national reporting was awarded to Matt Richtel and members of the New York Times Staff “for his incisive work on the hazardous use of cell phones, computers and other devices while operating cars and trucks”.

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A Case of Amnesia?

03.30.2010

So just how many crashes are caused by drivers using a cell phone? This turns out to be a more difficult question to answer than you might think.

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Are all conversations are harmful?

03.24.2010

Hopefully by now you realize that driving and talking on a cell phone is a hazardous. But, what about talking to a passenger in the vehicle?

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Can you hear the train?

03.14.2010

This is a true story that illustrates just how “tuned out” someone can become when they are talking on a cell phone.

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Are you a Supertasker?

03.11.2010

My colleague Jason Watson and I have been searching for people who have extraordinary multi-tasking ability.

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On Nanny State Legislation

03.09.2010

Texting while driving is dangerous. The odds of crashing are 8 times higher than driving without distraction. That’s worse than the crash risk for drivers intoxicated by alcohol at the legal limit!

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Traffic Jam

03.04.2010

Damn this traffic jam, how I hate to be late, it hurts my motor to go so slow. Damn this traffic jam, time I get home my supper'll be cold, damn this traffic jam.

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This is your brain on a cell-phone...

02.21.2010

What's happening to your brain that makes cell phones create all that havoc on the roadway? Cognitive neuroscientists are using a variety of cutting edge technologies to understand brain functioning.

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A simple way to study driver distraction

02.20.2010

Is distracted driving a problem in your community? This blog describes a simple way to study driver distraction.

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Studying the obvious

02.07.2010

Some have accused us of studying the obvious. In our defense, I would note that what might seem to be obvious might not be true.

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Did you see that clown!

02.06.2010

This is a post about inattention blindness, cell phones, and a clown riding a unicycle. First a little background and then on to the clown...

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Hype or cause for concern?

02.01.2010

These days driver distraction is in the news on a regular basis. But distracted driving has been around since automobiles have been on the road, so why the increase in media attention?

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Do cell phone laws make the roads any safer?

01.30.2010

Every state legislature has considered regulations that would prohibit the use of cell phones while driving. Several have enacted laws that prohibit drivers from using hand-held cell phones but allow drivers to use hands-free devices. Will these laws make the roads any safer?

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