Cognitive Slips and Lapses

According to Broadbent (1982), failures in perception, memory and motor function are a cause of accidents in general; this can also be assumed to encompass RTAs. Broadbent's (1982) questionnaire has been shown to correlate with other measures of self-reported deficits in memory, absent-mindedness, or 'slips of action'. Further, the questionnaire has indicated that such failures in cognition are stable over long periods suggesting that such characteristics are trait rather than state.

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