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Professor will explore ‘driving with music’ at YDF 2016

Tuesday 24th November 2015

The ill-effects of in-car music and how to adapt and modify playlists for increased young driver safety will be discussed at the Young Driver Focus 2016* conference in London on 20 April 2016.

The presentation will be delivered by Warren Brodsky, professor of Music Psychology and director of the Music Science Laboratory, in the Department of the Arts at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel.

Professor Brodsky is travelling to the UK from Israel specifically to deliver the presentation, which will offer a wide-ranging picture of the cognitive-behavioural implications that surface from driving with music - a form of driver-distraction that is rarely explored.

Professor Brodsky is also the author of ‘Driving With Music: Cognitive-Behavioural Implications’, the first full-length text which explores the everyday use of music listening while driving a car.

The book presents the relationship between cars and music in an effort to understand how music behaviour in the car can either enhance driver safety or place the driver at increased risk of accidents.

Professor Brodsky trained as an orchestra percussionist, elementary school music teacher, and music psychotherapist and after a ten-year clinical practice, completed a PhD in Psychology. He received a post-doctorial position in Music Cognition at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, and subsequently served as the “Joseph and Francis Schillinger Research Fellow of Music Science”.

Young Driver Focus 2016
Young Driver Focus 2016 is being held at the prestigious RAC Club in London’s Pall Mall, courtesy of the RAC Foundation, on Wednesday 20 April 2016. The event is organised by Road Safety GB in partnership with FirstCar and headline sponsors ingenie. It is supported by stakeholders including the DfT, Road Safety Scotland, RoadSafe, RoSPA, PACTS and IAM.

Now in its third year, the one-day conference examines current and future thinking with regard to the vital issue of reducing crashes and casualties caused by young, newly qualified drivers, and what is being done to improve the situation.

More than 70 people have already booked to attend but a handful of early bird places (£75 plus VAT) remain available for Road Safety GB and Academy members.

Click here to register to attend, or here for information about exhibiting alongside the conference. For more information contact Sally Bartrum (delegate registration), Nick Rawlings (agenda & speakers) or Richard Storrs (exhibition).


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