The Problem with Hands-Free Dashboard Cellphones

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Researchers have fallen short of explaining why drivers are so easily distracted until now. In two peer-reviewed academic journals, assistant professor Robert Rosenberger of the School of Public Policy explains that because people talk on the phone on a regular basis, they have developed learned habits that take over their awareness, sometimes entirely.

“By habit, a driver’s overall awareness is overtaken by the content of the phone conversation and not the demands of driving,” said Rosenberger, a researcher in Georgia Tech’s School of Public Policy. “It doesn’t even matter if the person’s intent to focus on driving is stronger than the willingness to talk on the phone. Sooner or later, the phone-associated habits will subtly tug the awareness away from the road.”

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Ivan Allen College of Liberal Arts, School of Literature, Media, and Communication, School of History and Sociology, School of Public Policy

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  • Created On: Jun 18, 2013 - 9:05am
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