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‘Brain Rules’: cell phones hinder reactions

Friday, October 19, 2012by  Jon Osterberg

image of brainUsing a cell phone behind the wheel impairs drivers just as much as driving drunk.

So says Seattle author and molecular biologist Dr. John Medina, who earned widespread acclaim with his best-seller “Brain Rules,” which explains how brain science can influence the way we teach our children and the way we work.

Medina says, “Cell-phone talkers are a half-second slower to hit the brakes in emergencies, slower to return to normal speed after an emergency, and more wild in their ‘following distance’ behind the vehicle in front of them. … Not surprisingly, they get into more wrecks than anyone except very drunk drivers.” Learn more from “Brain Rules.”

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