January 6, 2010

A cabal of science people pooling the psychologistical talents of Royal Holloway London and Lancaster Universities is set to investigate the possible role of satnav in distracting drivers’ attention and thereby causing accidents.

“If we see any worsening of attention or memory performance while people are carrying out our navigation task,” a science person told The Telegraph, “this might indicate that the navigation system imposes demands on the participant which could be dangerously distracting.”

“By the end of these experiments, we will be able to provide clear measurements of the ways in which the use of in-car navigation systems might interfere with attention and memory performance.”

As soon as the psychologists have established whether or not doing two things simultaneously might in some way involve concentrating less on one or other of these things, Bankstone news will be sure to report back.

Unless a more interesting story comes along and we get distracted.



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