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Wednesday, August 16, 2006

Phone Faces

Some of you, and you know who you are, already know my views on driving and talking on the cell phone at the same time. I was taught to drive with my hands placed firmly at ten and two o'clock, and any deviation from this was considered to be dangerous.

Here's a new study that casts a different light on the subject. It's not just about the hands on the steering wheel. It's all about the role of the imagination in speaking to a person over the phone; how you have to use a part of your brain to visualize the person you're speaking to, or, in the words of the inestimable Ann Althouse, create a "phone face". Whatever part of your brain is busy with this visualization process cannot simultaneously be busy looking at the road. This makes sense to me.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Where's the study that documents how one's brain expands, over time, to accommodate simultaneous visualization of phone face and the road? From daughter #2.

7:40 PM  
Blogger sixty-five said...

Thankfully it's illegal in NJ, so it can remain a non-issue for the time being. See you tomorrow! H claims to be willing to pick you up at the airport.

10:28 AM  

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