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Hot Car Deaths: Scientists Detail Why Parents Forget Their Children

“We all experience when we have a plan to do something in the future and then we forget to complete that plan"

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    Fourteen children have died in hot cars in 2017. On average, 37 children die each year in hot cars - one child every nine days. (Published Monday, June 26, 2017)

    Neuroscientists at the University of South Florida have taken a deep dive into the psychological and biological science behind the "Forgotten Baby Syndrome," NBC News reported.   

    Dr. David Diamond has studied the phenomenon of children forgotten in cars and discovered it can be common.

    “We all experience when we have a plan to do something in the future and then we forget to complete that plan," he told NBC News.

    Diamond's research team has focused on the brain center, which operates on a subconscious level and stores abilities such as riding a bike -- the brain center allowed people to turn on their "autopilot" brain function.