Audiobooks and traffic safety

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June is Audiobook Month. Remember that you can borrow CD audiobooks (through the library catalog) or download MP3 audiobooks (through the Maine InfoNet Download Library ).  Audiobooks can also illustrate an effective use of KWL (Know/Want to know/Learn).

A magazine article (Vanderbilt 2013) cited a study looking at exposure to different distractions–including audiobooks.  How do I find the actual study?

K (What do I know?)

From the magazine article I get the primary author’s name, Strayer.   I even get the study title, Measuring Cognitive Distraction in the Automobile.

W(What do I want to know?)

Where is the actual study?  How can I obtain it?

L(What did I learn?)

Though an initial database search did not produce it, I found the report through a Google Search.   In the PsycINFO database I did find other articles by Strayer.

Overall the study put audiobooks higher on the distraction scale than listening to the radio, but lower than talking with a passenger or using a cell phone (Strayer et al., 2013, p. 28).  Until next time I wish you pleasant listening and safe travels.



Strayer, D. L., Cooper, J. M., Turrill, J., Coleman, J., Medeiros-Ward, N., & Biondi, F. (2013, June). Measuring cognitive distraction in the automobile. Washington, DC: AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. Retrieved from

Vanderbilt, T. (2013, July/August). What’s on your mind? Groundbreaking research lends weight to the debate over distracted driving.  AAA Northern New England Journey.  Retrieved from