Driven to Distraction: Dual-Task Studies of Simulated Driving and Conversing on a Cellular Telephone

  title={Driven to Distraction: Dual-Task Studies of Simulated Driving and Conversing on a Cellular Telephone},
  author={David L. Strayer and William A. Johnston},
  journal={Psychological Science},
  pages={462 - 466}
Dual-task studies assessed the effects of cellular-phone conversations on performance of a simulated driving task. Performance was not disrupted by listening to radio broadcasts or listening to a book on tape. Nor was it disrupted by a continuous shadowing task using a handheld phone, ruling out, in this case, dual-task interpretations associated with holding the phone, listening, or speaking. However, significant interference was observed in a word-generation variant of the shadowing task, and… 

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