Here is yet another cellphone study with some awfully surprising conclusions:
Using a cellphone — even with a hands-free device — may distract drivers because the brain cannot handle both tasks, U.S. researchers said on Tuesday.
Imaging tests show the brain directs its resources to either visual input or auditory input, but cannot fully activate both at the same time, the team at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore found.
“Our research helps explain why talking on a cell phone can impair driving performance, even when the driver is using a hands-free device,” said Steven Yantis, a professor in the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences who led the study.
“Directing attention to listening effectively ‘turns down the volume’ on input to the visual parts of the brain,” he added in a statement.
“When attention is deployed to one modality — say, in this case, talking on a cell phone — it necessarily extracts a cost on another modality — in this case, the visual task of driving.”
No kidding. While the innovative use of technology is cool, this is nothing more but what we have known for years.