Slow Down, Think it Over
“A great deal of mischief occurs when people are in a rush.”
~ Dr. Donald A. Redelmeier
The quote is in a profile of the researcher in the New York Times titled, “Think the Answer’s Clear? Look Again.” Redelmeier is known for his ability to turn perceived reality on its head. His paper “Why cars in the next lane seem to go faster” published in Nature in 1999 explored the anxiety drivers have on multiple lane road when cars in the other lane seem to be going faster. We change lanes despite the risks (lane changes are one of the most dangerous moves we make) and, according to his findings, we get there no faster than our original lane.
Once again, reality is not matching our perceptions. Imagine that.
- Dangerous Drivers’ Worst Habits Might Be Yours (npr.org)
- Think the Answer’s Clear? Look Again (3quarksdaily.com)
- Does Weaving in Traffic Actually Get You There Faster? (laist.com)