Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Multitasking While Driving

You do it, but that's OK, because you know you can handle it. It's just those other !@#$holes that can't drive while text messaging, drinking coffee, shaving and scanning for music on their radio. Take a quick read of this article in Science News about what happens in our brains when we multitask while driving.
...people who combine relatively automatic tasks, such as speech comprehension and car driving, exceed a biological limit on the amount of systematic brain activity they can accommodate at one time, the researchers propose. As a result, the less-ingrained skill — in this case, driving, which is learned long after a person grasps a native language — takes a neural hit.
Ya see folks, going hands-free on the cell phone isn't going to make driving while talking on your cell phone any safer.

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