Understanding the distracted brain

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This report looks at the risks of hands-free cell phone use while driving. It examines how multitasking affects the brain, causes distraction and impairs driver performance. Risks include inattention blindness, slow response and reaction time, problems staying in lane, and crash risk increase. The appendix contains a list of studies comparing hands-free and handheld cell phones along with key findings.

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  • Behavior
  • Brain
  • Cellular telephones
  • Distraction
  • Driver performance
  • Driving
  • Motor reactions
  • Multitasking
  • Traffic safety

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