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April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month

April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month

The U.S. Department of Transportation reports that more than 3,300 people were killed in 2012 as a result of distracted driving crashes. Human factors professionals have been at the forefront of research that highlights the dangers of distracted driving and ways to mitigate this growing problem.

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GMU Takes a Tour of MediaBarn

GMU Takes a Tour of MediaBarn

Last evening, we had the privilege of hosting the GMU Human Factors Students for some refreshments, a tour of our facility, and an engaging discussion about all things User Experience.

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Alumnus Ricardo Prada: How to Get a Job at Google X

Alumnus Ricardo Prada: How to Get a Job at Google X

Psychology alumnus Ricardo Prada leads the user experience team at Google X, Google’s semi-covert laboratory where it develops products from the innovative to the truly far-out. In an interview with the online industrial design magazine Core77, he discusses Google X’s process for hiring designers.

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Dr. Parasuraman, Chief Guest at Conference in India

Dr. Parasuraman, Chief Guest at Conference in India

"Physical exercise, nutritious diet, meditation and cognitive stimulation can enhance mental function in older adults as these activities have a positive effect on brain," opined professor Raja Parasuraman from George Mason University, Virginia, USA while speaking at the International Conference on Recent Advances in Cognition and Health.

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Multitasking Ability May Lie in your Genes

Multitasking Ability May Lie in your Genes

People with a variant of a gene that controls dopamine levels are better at multitasking, scientists, including one of Indian-origin, have found. "Dopamine availability in the PFC appears to be particularly important when task demands are high," researcher Raja Parasuraman from George Mason University and colleagues said.

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