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Drivers distracted more by cell phones than by passengers

SALT LAKE CITY -- Drivers are far more distracted by talking on a cellular phone than by conversing with a passenger in an automobile, according to a new study by University of Utah psychologists Frank Drews, David Strayer and Monisha Pasupathi. The study, which used a sophisticated driving ...

Unable to focus? Welcome to our distracted society's attention deficit

Cell phones, Blackberries, e-mail, laptops allowing people to bring their work anywhere, news arriving in perfectly condensed and filtered snippets via the Internet and TV, never before has communication been so instantaneous and information distributed so quickly. Never before have people been so...

Older Adults Get Distracted More Easily

Filtering out distractions become increasingly difficult for older adults due to brain related changes, according to recent research results. // This task is reasonably easy where younger adults are concerned. The healthy middle aged adults and youngsters in their twenties were equally good where ...

Obama Puts Politics Before Principle in Abortion Coverage, Says Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice President

...ident Obama has repeatedly stated he is "pro-choice," yet in an interview July 22 with CBS' " Evening News ," he said that lawmakers should "not get distracted by the abortion debate" as they weigh health reform legislation. This is troubling. President Obama's reply to "Evening News" anchor Katie Co...

Advocates for Health Millennium Development Goals Unite to Demand World Leaders Honor Funding Commitments

...rther compounding these problems. The global health community is speaking with one voice on this urgent need. We can no longer permit the world to be distracted by false choices -- between one disease and another, between a mother's life and that of her children, between treating sick people now, in their home...

'Can't Text, I'm Driving!'

... Society. Statistics show that drivers are six times more likely to become distracted and cause an accident if they are text messaging. distracted drivers account for almost 80 percent of all crashes and 65 percent of near...

A Curse or Two Might Quell the Pain

...y. Its findings are reported in the Aug. 5 issue of NeuroReport . The researchers suspect the effect was not just because repeating the swear word distracted the students from the pain. Those who swore had increased heart rates, indicating that profanities might jumpstart the fight-or-flight response, the s...

TV Interferes With Infants' Language Development

...e likely due to children being left alone in front of the television screen, but others likely reflect situations in which adults, though present, are distracted by the screen and not interacting with their infant in a discernable manner," wrote Dr. Dimitri A. Christakis, of Seattle Children's Hospital, and col...

Rainbow Babies & Children's Hospital's Use It or Lose It High School Seat Belt Challenge Brings Out the Creativity in Cuyahoga County Teens

... for the winners. A student group from Bedford High School took first place in the video contest with an entry that displayed the consequences of distracted driving and failing to wear a seat belt, while Steve Molnar of Mayfield High School took first place in the poster contest with his creative and visua...

Providence Service Corporation Makes Its Spring 2009 Presentation Publicly Available

...ering on Providence's very significant potential and enhancing value for ALL Providence stockholders. However, we will not be intimidated, bullied or distracted from our focus on acting in the best interests of, and building stockholder value for, ALL Providence stockholders by the threats and intimidation tac...
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February 2009 Mayo Clinic Women's HealthSource Highlights Diabetes and Heart Disease, Going Vegetarian and Tinnitus

...eneficial include: Amplifying hearing with a hearing aid. This may help because the brain would rather process external sounds than be distracted by an internal noise. Avoiding excessive noise. Ear plugs can be helpful when operating noisy machines. Avoiding stimulants. Caffein...
Distracted in Biological News

Venomous sea snakes play heads or tails with their predators

...n Island in Indonesia. A large Krait was followed for thirty minutes, swimming between corals and crevices hunting for food. Rasmussen was momentarily distracted by a second snake, but when looking back he was surprised to see the "head" was facing him while the tail probed the coral. Rasmussen's surprise grew ...

UK bioscience sparkles with new Diamond fellowship

...scientists the freedom to submerge themselves in their science and offer an opportunity to learn new skills and develop innovative ideas without being distracted by funding worries. Awards such as these help build a robust research base, placing UK scientists as world leaders and ultimately benefiting society a...

Saving face with a baby-face? Shape of CEO's face affects public perception

...baby-faced CEO was perceived to be detrimental. The research also found that the "baby-face effect" is unconscious, and that when participants were distracted (by memorizing a number) the babyface had greater influence. The unconscious nature of baby-face effects has not previously been shown in other resear...

Doctors learn to control their own brains' pain responses to better treat patients

...ago. Because doctors sometimes have to inflict pain on their patients as part of the healing process, they also must develop the ability to not be distracted by the suffering, said Jean Decety, Professor in Psychology and Psychiatry at the University and co-author of Expertise Modulates the Perception of P...

Tracking feline memories on the move

...e. The researchers examined the animals memories by stopping cats after their forelegs, but not their hind legs, had cleared an obstacle. They then distracted the animals with food and lowered the obstacle into the walking surface. The nature of the subsequent step revealed whether the animal remembered havi...

'Juiced-up' battery fueled by sugar could power small portable electronics

...mple of the principles Veling investigated is the Dutch TV quiz programme Rad van Fortuin (Wheel of Fortune). The candidates of this quiz are brutally distracted whilst answering the questions and can therefore scarcely answer the simplest of questions. ...

Molecular tools make the cut

...mple of the principles Veling investigated is the Dutch TV quiz programme Rad van Fortuin (Wheel of Fortune). The candidates of this quiz are brutally distracted whilst answering the questions and can therefore scarcely answer the simplest of questions. ...

Brain fends off distractions

...mple of the principles Veling investigated is the Dutch TV quiz programme Rad van Fortuin (Wheel of Fortune). The candidates of this quiz are brutally distracted whilst answering the questions and can therefore scarcely answer the simplest of questions. ...

Hopkins scientists link immune response to 'ghost' parasites and severely congested sinuses

...he epithelial cells lining the nasal and sinus cavities play an important role as first responders of the immune system," he says. "But when they are distracted fighting non-existent parasites, they cannot deal well with the very real microbes continuously coming into the nose." This, Lane notes, may pro...

Sex: It's costly but worth it. Just ask a microbe

...ansmitting mating signals costs both partners: one partner uses up materials and energy to produce and transmit the signal, and the other partner gets distracted by the mating signal and loses interest in reproducing on its own." The irony is that despite the high cost of sex there are benefits. "In many...
Distracted in Biological Technology

Icahn Asks Amylin to Allow Discussions With Eastbourne

...mmon ground to resolve the matter. What exactly are you afraid of? The alternative is for the Company and its stockholders to continue to be distracted because of the inexplicable intransigence of the current Board which continues to evidence itself in so many ways, e.g. the poison pill, the p...

N-Viro International Corporation Announces Dismissal of Lawsuit Against It

... Kasmoch, CEO and President, had these comments: "Mr. Nicholson, through his onslaught of litigation, has wasted company resources. But, we were never distracted from our vision for the future. We will continue to develop our patented N-Viro Fuels technology and believe that N- Viro shareholders will be rewarde...

Video Conferencing for the Masses

...ing has a tremendous impact on the quality of communications. I participate in a dozen conference calls each week, and I know how easy it is to become distracted by "multitasking." It's just too easy to half listen to a disembodied voice while checking email, paging ahead in the presentation, and doing a Google...

The age of human computing?

...s much as it is a conduit between individuals. In the next generation of "human computing," human interaction will be supported by technology, but not distracted by it. This may be a big idea to wrap your head around, but in the past few weeks I've seen a number of new interface designs that begin to approa...

Renaissance to buy computer companion maker AlphaSmart for $57m

...lphaSmart. Like the companys AlphaSmart 3000 before it, the Neo functions as a lower-cost laptop alternative that helps students learn rather than get distracted by a PCs operating system. The portable Neo features a full-sized keyboard and a range of computing capability and also is designed to integrate wi...

Five steps to buying the right package software

...s relevant to your industry. Keep your list of key processes in eyesight at all times, and ask how the system will accommodate them, rather than being distracted by things like screen layouts and flashy features. Be realistic on implementation timeframes Vendors often tout the speed with which their par...

High tech in the U.K. Do the Brits forgo Web 2.0?

...eb 2.0 . Certainly the Web 2.0 label and concept has made it across the pond, but the entrepreneurs at the Thames Valley Innovation Centre weren't distracted by AJAX front ends or premium business models. Their products were thoroughly modern and clearly market-need driven. Still, they were steeped in a t...
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