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Two of the Most Influential Research Articles of 2012

March 20, 2013

RWJF Winner LogoThe Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has announced the 2012 Year in Research: Most Influential Research Articles and two of the top five were published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine! 

#1 Graduated Driver Licensing Decal Law: Effect on Young Probationary Drivers
by Allison E. Curry, Melissa R. Pfeiffer, Russell Localio, Dennis R. Durbin
January 2013, 44(1)*

New Jersey implemented the first decal law in the U.S. on May 1, 2010. In the first year post-law, there was a 14% increase in the GDL citation rate, a 9% reduction in the police-reported crash rate, and an estimated 1624 young probationary drivers for whom a crash was prevented.

#3Exergaming and Older Adult Cognition: A Cluster Randomized Clinical Trial
By Cay Anderson-Hanley, Paul J. Arciero, Adam M. Brickman, Joseph P. Nimon, Naoko Okuma, Sarah C. Westen, Molly E. Merz, Brandt D. Pence, Jeffrey A. Woods, Arthur F. Kramer, Earl A. Zimmerman
February 2012, 42(2)

In a multi-site cluster randomized clinical trial of the impact of 3 months of cybercycling versus traditional exercise, the authors found that cybercycling older adults achieved better cognitive function than traditional exercisers, for the same effort. The study suggests that simultaneous cognitive and physical exercise has the potential to prevent cognitive decline.

*posted online in 2012

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