David Strayer conducted a research study for the American Automobile Association that concludes that speech-based technologies in cars can overload driver’s attention and impair driving ability. David’s study measured brainwaves, eye movement and other metrics to assess what happens to drivers’ mental workload when they do multiple tasks at once. The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety report was published June 12, 2013. David’s research received massive media coverage.

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Department of Psychology
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We appreciate your help

We need your help to maintain and improve our programs, especially during this difficult economic time. Your contribution will be used to help undergraduate and graduate students, faculty and the full range of departmental programs.
  1. Supporting graduate students
    We compete nationally with other departments for the best graduate students. The largest problem that we face is a lack of competitive stipends for our graduate students and research assistantships for graduate students to focus on their research.
  2. Undergraduate education
    Our Psychology major is one of the more popular majors on campus and our undergraduates often have multiple competing demands for their time (school, work, family). Funds are needed to support undergraduate travel to national conferences that facilitates students in pursuing degrees beyond the undergraduate degree and scholarships that ease the economic burden.
  3. Keeping our excellent faculty members
    The continued success of our rising national ranking depends on attracting and retaining our excellent faculty. The national and international reputation of our existing faculty means that they are frequently recruited by other institutions.

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If you have a specific idea for supporting the department that is not listed here, please contact Psychology Chair, Carol Sansone at (801) 581-3667 or at carol.sansone@psych.utah.edu.