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<P>Researchers say there are two likely explanations for the link between
headphone use and pedestrian injury: distraction and environmental
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the use of electronic devices is known as
“inattentional blindness.” It involves the distraction of interpreting sound as
well as the distraction needed to operate the device.</P>
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vehicle accidents. Researchers say the second factor, a
lack of attention to what’s happening around you, called environmental
isolation, may pose even bigger risks among pedestrians.The actual sensory
deprivation that results from using headphones with electronic devices may be a
unique problem in pedestrian incidents, where auditory cues can be more
important than visual ones,researcher Richard Lichenstein, of the University of
Maryland, and colleagues write in Injury Prevention.</P>
<P><BR>In fact, 29% of the reports in this study specifically mentioned that
horns or sirens were sounded before the individual was hit.The study does not
establish a cause/effect relationship between headphone use and pedestrian
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The researchers note that numbers of “near miss” events are not
available. Also, other possible factors such as substance use, suicidal
behavior, and mental illness, were also not known.</P></BODY></HTML>