An electroencephalogram (EEG) is a measure of brain activity that can be used to study brain functions or to detect problems such as sleep disorders or epilepsy.
This fall, the Simpson Cognitive Neuroscience Research Group is conducting an EEG study that evaluates how distractions affect attention and slow reactions to important information. This research may shed light on common issues such as why texting has such a negative effect on driving. First, participants will complete a visual task without distractions. Next, they will complete the visual task while typing a series of numbers. Their performance on the visual task with and without the number typing distraction will be analyzed. More errors and slower responses are expected in the typing (texting?) condition. The EEG data may also tell us more about how the distraction interferes with brain processes needed to perform ethe visual task.