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Researcher talks texting, driving on NBC

Thu, 01/10/2013

LAWRENCE — Paul Atchley, professor and chair of undergraduate studies in the University of Kansas Department of Psychology, appeared in a news segment on "Rock Center with Brian Williams" on Jan. 10 on NBC to discuss the dangers of texting while driving.

Atchley has conducted extensive research on text messaging, by young people especially, and the dangers of doing so while driving. His research has shown, among other things, that texting is often a compulsion among young people and the inability of the brain to completely focus on simultaneous tasks such as operating a vehicle and sending or receiving text messages. His work has also shown that distracted driving can be even more dangerous than driving drunk.

Kate Snow, who hosted the segment, interviewed Atchley about his research on the topic. View the segment online.



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