Driving and texting – a game to gauge distraction

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The New York Times, with help from psychology professors David Strayer and David E. Meyer, has created a game to simulate the effects of texting whilst driving a car. The interface works because it’s so awkward – you’re expected to steer the car into traffic lanes using number keys whilst simultaneously typing text message responses using the mouse. The volume of crash barriers may not be realistic, but the game succeeds neatly in demonstrating that using a mobile phone while driving decreases your ability to react quickly.

Via VG Researcher – Psychology.

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