Tuesday, May 23, 2006

Paying Attention While Driving

We all know that talking on a cell phone while driving reduces your ability to pay attention to the road. The more intense the conversation the less you can focus on the road. Well, today I read in Mind Hacks that the location of sounds really influences our ability to visually focus. If you listen to the radio, especially spoken-word stuff, if the sound comes primarily from rear speakers, your ability to focus in front of you is diminished. Something to try in the car. I know, with two kids, how hard it is to focus on the road when they're talking or screaming behind me. So turn up the radio and set the fade/balance so your aural system is focused where your visual system needs to focus, right in front of you.
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