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When a police officer stop a drivrr for driving erratically

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When a police officer stop a drivrr for driving erratically and suspect that a person is intoxicated, the officer may ask the driver to close his/her eyes and toach his/her nose. What can you deduce from this test about alcohol;s effect on particular part of the brain? Why
Submitted: 4 years ago.
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Expert:  Dr. Rick replied 4 years ago.

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What that test does is look for problems with proprioception and coordination that may be due to being intoxicated. By closing your eyes visual clues as to the relationship between your moving finger and your stationary (hopefully :-) nose are removed. In this situation the major way to correct the trajectory of your finger toward your nose is with the system of receptors and nerves that let you know where in space your finger is and how it is moving.

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Sober folks can easily perform this task. Intoxicated folks can't.

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Expert:  Dr. Rick replied 4 years ago.
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Customer: replied 4 years ago.

I like your answer, but need more information I need to study for a human biology test.

Do you know any websites the can read about this topic?

Expert:  Dr. Rick replied 4 years ago.
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This should get you enough information to ace your biology test on this topic.

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