2017 Lecture Series

Each evening begins with a social hour at 6:00 p.m., followed by a presentation and Q&A session from 6:45 to 8:00 p.m.

Lectures are held at the Utah Olympic Park in the Upper Legacy Lodge:
3419 Olympic Parkway
Park City, UT 84098-0337

Wednesday, September 13, 2017
Watch Out — The New Technology in Your Car Will Drive You to Distraction
David L. Strayer, PhD
Professor, Cognition and Neural Science, Department of Psychology
Concern over distracted driving is growing as more and more wireless devices are being integrated into the vehicle. Working with the American Automobile Association, or AAA, we developed and validated a new metric of distraction associated with the diversion of attention from driving. Our studies show that distraction systematically varies as a function of the secondary tasks performed by the driver and that many activities, particularly newer voice-based interactions in the vehicle, are associated with surprisingly high levels of mental workload. Using the new technology in the vehicle has unintended consequences that adversely affect traffic safety.

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