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Do our ears help us cross streets safely?
  1. David C Schwebel
  1. Correspondence to Dr David C Schwebel, Department of Psychology, University of Alabama at Birmingham, 1300 University Blvd., CH 415, Birmingham, AL 35294, USA; schwebel{at}

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Thanks very much to Richard Lichenstein et al for their report on the frequency of pedestrian injuries and deaths to victims using headphones.1 Combined with recent experimental data from our laboratory that listening to music via headphones may be even more dangerous to pedestrians than distraction from talking on the phone or text-messaging,2 we have accumulated …

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