Mayo Clinic researchers are adding to the warning already being emphasized by law enforcement, the Minnesota Department of Transportation, and many drivers sharing the road with people on cell phones — texting and driving don’t mix.

Dr. William Tatum, Consultant, Mayo Clinic Department of Neurology.

Dr. William Tatum said they found that texting and driving causes more than just a lapse in attention. It actually changes your brainwaves.

“In the front of the head we saw this rhythm occur, repeatedly and consistently, with text messaging,” he said.

They found the brain wave changes by accident while doing routine EEG’s on patients with epilepsy who happened to be texting during the test.

Tatum does say the changes are temporary and not likely to be dangerous over the long term but when a driver takes their eyes off the road to read, type or send a message, they could be putting their life, and the lives of others, in danger and it, “Lends more support to the fact that texting and driving is probably something to be avoided.”

He added that the discovery may have implications in areas such as gaming and the effect of computers on brain function.