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Study Points to Traffic-Safety Risk to Children Due to Cognitive Response

Wednesday, January 07, 2015  
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Children age 10 and under may not have the cognitive resources to notice objects that appear out of the blue, including those that pose a potential risk to their safety, says a study in Cognitive Development. By age 11, children’s ability to perceive the unexpected appears to reach adult levels, the study suggests.  Failing to recognize objects while attention is focused elsewhere, termed inattentional or perceptual blindness, may be an important factor in traffic safety during childhood, the study suggests. In the U.S., more than 25% of children killed in traffic accidents are pedestrians, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Inattentional blindness is unrelated to vision.  Click here to read more.....


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