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    WID/Living Environments Laboratory colloquium

    Monday, July 15

    3:00 PM

    3126 Mechanical Engineering Building

    Seminar Abstract | Examining attention, distraction and aging in real-world tasks

    The prevalence of mobile technology has resulted in increased multitasking during everyday tasks, such as the growing number of adults who talk or text while walking or driving. Distraction is responsible for a rising percentage of accidents in these daily activities. I will present research that examines the effects of cognitive distraction on simulated street crossing performance and discuss the role of factors such as aging in multitasking performance in an applied context. My presentation will also include driving simulator research that evaluates a strategy to mitigate cell phone-related distraction.

    Bio | John Gaspar

    John Gaspar is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Psychology and the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. He received his M.A. in Psychology from the University of Illinois in 2012. His research interests include attention and distraction in real-world tasks, aging and its impact on complex task performance, and training and transfer for augmenting real-world behavior.