This summer, Ayres and Fry got a first-hand look at evidence-based problem-solving as part of a team using GPS to locate and mark storm drains in the Brighton community. They carried flashlights, rulers and maps and waded through tall grass, brush and water and worked with Jefferson County Department of Health employees and UAB faculty to log locations and other information.
“There is more and more evidence that our electronic devices can be addicting,” said Despina Stavrinos, Ph.D., an assistant professor of psychology at UAB. “Certainly our research shows they can be dangerous.”
The study, published Sept. 3, 2013, in the Journal of Adolescent Health, revealed that when restricted to four hours of sleep the previous night — half the number of hours experts consider adequate for 14- and 15-year-olds — subjects in a virtual-pedestrian environment took more time to initiate crossings, crossed with less time before contact with vehicles and experienced more close calls than those who slept for 8.5 hours.