Distractions While Driving

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When I was thinking of what topic to blog about, I thought that inattentional blindness would be a great topic to relate to everyday life. According to a 2000 survey, there are 6,100,000 auto drivers daily to the Twin Cities area. That is an enormous number of people on their way to work, school, or whatever other engagement they are partaking in. It also allows for an incredible number of distractions on the road. Talking on the phone, stopping children from fighting in the back seat, listening to the radio, putting on make-up, and other strange tasks cause immense amounts of diversion from driving properly and safely. This is a prime example of inattentional blindness. Instead of focusing on the task at hand, other things cause a perceptual blindness from reading the signs, taking the proper exits, and taking caution with other drivers and cars on the road. When other activities are taking up a driver's attention, there is a much higher likelihood of an accident occurring.

Say for instance this act of perceptual blindness carried over into a professional setting. A doctor may not pick up on warning signs of a problem with their patient. A scientist may not properly follow procedures, resulting in possible chemical or bacterial issues with their products. Professional athletes would miss a large play and cost their team the game, as well as a massive amount of money. Inattentional blindness is nothing that should be taken lightly in a professional setting, and therefore should not be taken lightly in cases that people's safety is at risk.

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Good application of concepts!

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