Look Before You Text: Leah Thompson ’15 Studies Distraction

Janurary 18, 2013 • By William Sweet

“Look both ways before crossing the street.”

It’s a lesson that most of us learn by the age of 6. But according to Leah Thompson ’15, who spent this past summer studying pedestrian behavior, it’s also a lesson that many adults have managed to unlearn or ignore.

The culprit, in many cases, is the smartphone.

Walking Under the Influence (of Your Phone)

Article by William Sweet

Photo by Rob Mattson

[Research] “Look both ways before crossing the street.” It’s a lesson that most of us learn by age 6. But according to Leah Thompson ’15, lead researcher and author of a new study on pedestrian behavior, it’s also a lesson that many adults unlearn.

The culprit, in many cases, is the smartphone.