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SENIORS, MULTITASKING AND CELL PHONES

Posted by: Laurence Harmon on 3/16/2011

A recent study has concluded that multitasking—for example, using a cell phone while working—can interfere with seniors’ ability to perform everyday activities.  The study, conducted by the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign’s Institute for Advanced Science and Technology and reported in the journal Psychology and Aging, experience “cognitive interference” when using cell phones.  For example, cell-phone conversations and other types of multitasking appear to slow down seniors’ mental and visual processing necessary to gauge the distance and speed of incoming cars.  Here’s more:




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