A Random Sample Of Students From A University

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The reason that most people do not realize that their driving is impaired when using cell phones is due the illusion of attention, in which people think that they pay more attention to their surroundings than they really do. When this error of perception occurs, also known as inattentional blindness, people fail to notice unexpected events even when they are in plain sight (Invisible Gorilla, Chapter 1). Although the visual and motor skills of experienced drivers are not impaired while talking on the phone, there is a greater risk of change blindness, such as not noticing a car suddenly breaking in front of them or a bicyclist crossing the street. In addition, people do not realize their driving is impaired due to over confidence in their multitasking ability and because it is rare they experience evidence to the contrary (Dalton Lecture: Sept. 28). To study this issue, I would conduct an experiment with a random sample of students from a university. The students would be randomly assigned into one of two comparison groups: the control group or the experimental group (Pg. 116-117). The students in the experimental group would be asked to perform a number of cellphone related tasks while in a simulated driving video game that involved unexpected driving occurrences and hazards. Those in the control group would be given no other task than driving through the same simulated track. The results from each group would be analyzed and compared to see if the experimental group made
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