This past week representatives from Weather.com came to Arizona State University and interviewed several researchers that study various aspects of hot car deaths for an upcoming documentary. Our laboratory researches cognitive failures leading to prospective memory errors. Prospective memory is defined as one’s ability to remember to complete intentions in the future. Many hot car death situations involve a parent or caretaker having a prospective memory failure and forgetting their child. Therefore, understanding the nature of these failures can help avoid tragedies and save lives. Nice work team!
Also , check out the incredible work on this topic from Jennifer Vanos in our School of Sustainability. Jennifer studies heat and how it affects the human body.