Perception and cognition during walking while concurrently using a cellular phone

M. Kuzel, M. Heller, Robert Gray, S. Di Jorio, S. Straughn

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Abstract

This research investigated the effect of cellular phone (cell) use during walking on an individual's ability to visually perceive and gather detail about objects in their environment. Volunteers navigated a walking course in an office building where they encountered salient "out of place" objects (such as a cluster of balloons, various children's toys, cooking utensils, etc.). Each subject walked the course while exposed to three treatment conditions: no cell, cell with easy cognitive task (answering simple questions), and cell with hard cognitive task (verbally working through brain teasers). After each pass through the course, subjects completed a survey addressing what they visually perceived. The order of the conditions was counterbalanced and different objects were presented in each condition. The results indicate cell phone use significantly affects the ability to both detect objects and gather details about those objects.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationContemporary Ergonomics 2008
Pages663-668
Number of pages6
StatePublished - Dec 1 2008
EventAnnual Conference of the Ergonomics Society on Contemporary Ergonomics 2008 - Nottingham, United Kingdom
Duration: Apr 1 2008Apr 3 2008

Publication series

NameContemporary Ergonomics 2008

Other

OtherAnnual Conference of the Ergonomics Society on Contemporary Ergonomics 2008
CountryUnited Kingdom
CityNottingham
Period4/1/084/3/08

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Human Factors and Ergonomics

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    Kuzel, M., Heller, M., Gray, R., Di Jorio, S., & Straughn, S. (2008). Perception and cognition during walking while concurrently using a cellular phone. In Contemporary Ergonomics 2008 (pp. 663-668). (Contemporary Ergonomics 2008).