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Thursday, February 03, 2005:  
Science, Humor:
Science Privatization - Tom Toles

    -  Ron  11:52 AM

Tuesday, February 01, 2005:  
Human Factors:
Cell Phone Users Drive like Old Folks
If you have been stuck in traffic behind a motorist yakking on a cellular phone, a new University of Utah study will sound familiar: When young motorists talk on cell phones, they drive like elderly people, moving and reacting more slowly and increasing their risk of accidents.

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Strayer and his colleagues are widely known for their 2001 study showing that hands-free cell phones are just as distracting as hand-held cell phones, and for a 2003 study showing that the reason is “inattention blindness,” in which motorists can look directly at road conditions but not really see them because they are distracted by a cell phone conversation. The research has called into question legislative efforts by various states to ban motorists from using handheld but not hands-free cell phones.

The same researchers also gained publicity for another study, which was presented at a scientific meeting in 2003, showing that motorists who talk on cell phones are more impaired than drunken drivers with blood alcohol levels exceeding 0.08.
Nice bit of p.r. covering some of the latest research findings from the University of Utah's Applied Cognition Laboratory

    -  Ron  6:25 PM

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