Multitasking: It's part of our society. It's in our culture. And, if we're honest, we believe we're good at it. We can make dinner while holding a phone conversation. We can reply to emails while ordering our favorite footlong. And we can certainly manage to drink our morning coffee from behind the wheel.
Or at least we think we can. But top psychologists, like Dr. Lisa Jefferies, say otherwise, stating that while we may think we are blending these activities into one, and doing that job well, we are in fact switching between them like apps on an iPhone: "Every time you switch," Jefferies says, "there's a cost."
That cost is inattentiveness.
Imagine a car, therefore, that can read you brain via sensors in a headset, connect its findings to the engine, and cut power when it detects you getting distracted. The folks at the Royal Automobile Club (RAC) of Western Australia teamed up with Emotiv to create such a vehicle, dubbed the Attention Powered Car.Read More »from Brain-powered car offers ultimate weapon against distracted driving