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------------------------------------------------- WEEK 1 ASSIGNMENT Assignment Instructions: Please read the article below. Write a 2 to 3 page typed and double spaced summary of the article. Please discuss the author’s viewpoints, what studies were done, and be sure to discuss your opinion of the article. ARTICLE ------------------------------------------------- ------------------------------------------------- Dangerous distraction Psychologists' research shows how cell phones, iPods and other technologies make us more accident prone and is laying the foundation to make using these gadgets less dangerous. By Amy Novotney Monitor Staff February 2009, Vol 40, No. 2 On a Tuesday evening two years ago, avid cyclists Christy Kirkwood and Debbie Brown were finishing a 13-mile bike ride in Orange County, Calif., when a driver talking on a cell phone swerved into their bike path, knocking Kirkwood off her bike and throwing her 227 feet. The motorist—who had been travelling at 55 mph—continued a short distance before stopping to see what had happened, says University of Utah psychology professor David Strayer, PhD, who served as a consultant on the case. "The driver thought he'd hit a deer," Strayer recalls. Kirkwood died from her injuries. Unfortunately, such tragedies have become all too common. In fact, two epidemiological studies—one published in 1997 in The New England Journal of Medicine (Vol. 336, No. 7), and another published online in 2005 in the British medical journal BMJ—report that talking on the cell phone while driving increases your risk of being in an accident fourfold—an alarming statistic given that 84 percent of Americans own cell phones, according to the Cellular Telecommunications and Internet Association. In addition, a new report from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety finds that more than half of U.S. drivers admit to using a

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