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Old 04-30-2013, 07:53 PM
 
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And Angelenos rioted in the streets over this injustice!
Angelenos riot in the streets when there's a shortage of vanilla ice cream. It's tradition.
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Old 04-30-2013, 07:54 PM
 
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All reading time is wasted by driving a car!
Two words: audio books.
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Old 05-01-2013, 03:05 PM
 
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Two words: audio books.
The brain can't do two higher functions at once. It can't even kinda do two of those at once. So, it splits attention between the two. If you're driving, you're not paying attention to the audio book except when you're not paying attention to driving.

The snark, then, is subdued by science.
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Old 05-01-2013, 03:21 PM
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The brain can't do two higher functions at once. It can't even kinda do two of those at once. So, it splits attention between the two. If you're driving, you're not paying attention to the audio book except when you're not paying attention to driving.

The snark, then, is subdued by science.
So then we should not listen to the radio or CDs or whatever in any form when we drive?
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Old 05-01-2013, 03:30 PM
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So then we should not listen to the radio or CDs or whatever in any form when we drive?
My parents told me that when I was first learning to drive.
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Old 05-01-2013, 05:00 PM
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My parents told me that when I was first learning to drive.
And do you follow that now? Did you ever?
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Old 05-01-2013, 05:13 PM
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And do you follow that now?
Umm, no.

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Old 05-01-2013, 05:39 PM
 
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So then we should not listen to the radio or CDs or whatever in any form when we drive?
I was saying there's no value in listening to an audio book while driving, as we can't give it the same attention as if we were only listening to it or reading a book at home. Listening to an audio book is very different (for the brain) from listening to music via CD or radio
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Old 05-01-2013, 07:05 PM
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My parents told me that when I was first learning to drive.
When my kids were learning to drive, I believe the driver's ed teachers recommended not fiddling with the radio/CD player when driving. When my oldest was about 16, a CU professor who was riding a bike was hit and killed by a teen who was doing just that. I pointed out the object lesson to my daughter, who was not impressed (of course). Even now, DH and I will turn off the radio when we're driving if the traffic gets heavy and we need to concentrate heavily.

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I was saying there's no value in listening to an audio book while driving, as we can't give it the same attention as if we were only listening to it or reading a book at home. Listening to an audio book is very different (for the brain) from listening to music via CD or radio
Are you a neuroscientist?

We used to drive from Denver to Pittsburgh, 1500 miles, across the great plains and the midwest. There are many areas of that drive where it's hard to find a decent radio station, and one gets tired of listening to the same old tapes/CDs, etc. So we'd check out audio books from the library. Now we weren't listenting to "War and Peace" or "Einstein's Theory of Relativity", these were kind of "fluff" books. I can remember one murder mystery that came to a climax with a big shoot-out just as we were driving past the Pittsburgh airport. To this day, I associate that airport with the shootout, and this was at least 15 years ago.
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Old 05-01-2013, 08:18 PM
 
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The good news, and the bad news, is you don't even need to pay attention at all when driving. You can do it completely automatically. It is also possible, despite pop-psy articles stating otherwise, to divide your attention between multiple things.
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