Thursday, July 23, 2009

Cell phone use while driving - what's the big deal?

A great topic for an intro psych class: what's the big deal about using your cell phone while driving? As it turns out, plenty -- and it's not about whether or not you are using your hands to hold the phone. It's about your brain and your ability to pay attention successfully to multiple sources of information, which research shows us we don't do very well.

The New York Times this week featured this topic with a number of terrific pieces. Start with this opening article Driven to Distraction then be sure to check out the other great multimedia pieces such as the interactive driving game, the video and several graphics. Be sure to also check out these links:

The truth about cars and cellphones (editorial)
Should cell phone use by drivers be illegal? (Room for Debate)
Selected reader comments from above with suggestions
It's time to talk about how we can give up cell-phone use while driving. (

EDIT: One more! U.S. Withheld Data on Risks of Distracted Driving

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