SALT LAKE CITY, UT – Psychologists have concluded a study that reveals a unique gift in a small percentage of people!
The new study that comes from the University of Utah has suggested that three percent of the population can drive safely and talk on the phone at the same time. Psychologists have come up with the term “supertaskers” to describe the ability. Although not bestowed with superpowers, “supertaskers” can operate a vehicle while talking on the phone without noticeable impairment.
For those that think they might fit the bill, think again. Chances are that you’re not one of the lucky few, as only 2.5 percent of the general population are deemed to be “supertaskers.”
“Given the number of individuals who routinely talk on the phone while driving, one would have hoped that there would be a greater percentage of supertaskers,” said James Watson of the University of Utah.
The researchers studied the performance of 200 participants who drove a car simulator while also engaging in a cell phone conversation. The phone call involved memorizing words and solving math problems. The the study measured braking time, following distance, memory and math execution.
The study revealed that participants took 20 percent longer to hit the brakes when needed, and following distance increased 30 percent. The drivers could not keep up with simulated traffic while driving. In addition, memory performance declined 11 percent and the ability to do math problems fell by 3 percent.