Posts Tagged ‘ Divided Attention ’

Multi-Task Supers: What’s so Special about These People?

There is a glut of evidence that shows divided attention leads to decreased performance. Using a cellular phones and texting while driving have been particularly hot news topics, one of our own bloggers posted on this recently (link). But even more recently several news outlets (Nat. Geo., Time, MSNBC) have run articles about a new study showing a small group of people that can ACTUALLY multi-task without performance detriments.

Who are these Supertaskers? and what’s so special about them? Strayer had this to say about this specialness during one interview:

There is clearly something special about the supertaskers. Why can they do something that most of us cannot? Psychologists may need to rethink what they know about multitasking in light of this new evidence. We may learn from these very rare individuals that the multitasking regions of the brain are different and that there may be a genetic basis for this difference.

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Texting While Driving Worse Than Talking While Driving- Why?

Obviously it is hazardous to use a cell phone while driving. This is not new.

With the new popularity of texting, however, more studies are coming out on the topic of texting. The Human Factors and Ergonomics Society reported that researchers found that people tend to switch attention between texting and driving, while they tend to divide attention while talking on a cell phone and driving. So, while talking, some attention is still reserved for the important task of driving, whereas no attention may be reserved for driving when one is texting.

See original article here (link).

Some other interesting findings: in a report by the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute, drivers who text are 23 times more likely to crash (link) and more than 25% of teens have reported texting and driving (link).

-Posted by Ashley