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KU professor appearing on national TV tonight, days after being featured by Journal-World (these things likely unrelated)

A KU psychologist will be a national TV star, at least for a short time tonight.

KU announced this morning that Paul Atchley, a professor of psychology and the department's chairman of undergraduate studies, will appear on NBC's "Rock Center with Brian Williams" tonight.

This is surely prompted by the Journal-World's report a few days ago on the recent finding by Atchley and his wife, Ruth Ann Atchley, that people became much more creative after spending a few days out in the wilderness with no electronic devices.

But in a more realistic sense, it's probably not related to our story, because Paul Atchley will be discussing a similar but different topic: texting and driving. He was interviewed by NBC's Kate Snow about his research on the subject.

Atchley has researched the dangers of cellphone use in cars, saying he would support a ban of phone use while driving. He's also looked at the effects of text-messaging on young people's brains, reporting this fall that texting is a compulsion for them.

You can watch the "Rock Center" segment at 9 p.m. tonight on NBC.

Would you like to become a part of the Journal-World star-making machine? Send your KU news tips to merickson@ljworld.com, and maybe we can land you on national TV too! (Note: This almost definitely will not happen.)

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