Phone use by drivers presents a significant global road safety issue, despite decades of research which compellingly demonstrates how and why this behaviour impacts on driving performance. While UK law bans handheld phone use, research shows that handsfree phone use offers no safety benefit over handheld use. This presentation shares collaborative research findings which highlight… Continue reading Mobile Phone Use by Drivers: What We Know, and How to Share Such Inconvenient Truths
Why is working from home especially demanding? Dr Gemma Briggs from the School exposes the myth of multitasking and explains the cognitive processing involved when we try to combine different life activities. As I write this, I can hear my kids in the background speaking to their friends on Skype. In this strange time of… Continue reading How to keep your plates spinning during lockdown
Gemma Briggs, Senior Lecturer in Psychology in the School, has recently learned that her research has been shortlisted in the university's Research Excellence awards. In today's post, Dr Briggs describes the research and explains why it's important. The ‘Driving Change’ project is all about the distraction that is imposed on a driver when they use… Continue reading Recognition for research by Dr Gemma Briggs
https://www.bbc.com/ideas/videos/can-you-really-multitask-finally-an-answer/p07jstyl?playlist=made-in-partnership-with-the-open-university Dr Gemma Briggs from the School leads a new film about attention, one of the topics covered in the Investigating Psychology modules DE100, DE200 and DE300.
Gemma Briggs writes... On 1st March, tougher penalties for hand-held phone use whilst driving came into force. Those who are caught now face a £200 fine and 6 points on their licence. On announcing the change in legislation, Transport minister, Chris Grayling claimed that drivers must “take responsibility” for their actions, making phone use behind the… Continue reading Do new laws on phone use whilst driving fully reflect scientific knowledge?