Location

Park City, Utah

Date

23-7-2003

Session

Session 7 - Posters

Abstract

The study investigated if a driver’s age affects the detection of change in driving-related images. A touch screen computer presented the images for a maximum duration of 10 seconds. Half of the images presented included a gradually changing element, and half remained static. Participants were instructed to identify manually the change on the screen, or to depress the spacebar if no change had occurred. We found that older drivers (N = 13, 54% male, mean age 68.5 years) were less accurate (t36 = 5.445, p < .001), displayed greater response times (t36 = -2.67, p < .05), and produced more false positive responses (t36 = -2.754, p < .01) than younger drivers (N = 25, 68% female, mean age 22.3 years).

Comments

Honda Outstanding Student Paper Award

Rights

Copyright © 2003 the authors

DC Citation

Proceedings of the Second International Driving Symposium on Human Factors in Driver Assessment, Training and Vehicle Design, July 21-24, 2003, Park City, Utah. Iowa City, IA: Public Policy Center, of Iowa, 2003: 177-181.

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Traffic Scene Related Change Blindness in Older Drivers

Park City, Utah

The study investigated if a driver’s age affects the detection of change in driving-related images. A touch screen computer presented the images for a maximum duration of 10 seconds. Half of the images presented included a gradually changing element, and half remained static. Participants were instructed to identify manually the change on the screen, or to depress the spacebar if no change had occurred. We found that older drivers (N = 13, 54% male, mean age 68.5 years) were less accurate (t36 = 5.445, p < .001), displayed greater response times (t36 = -2.67, p < .05), and produced more false positive responses (t36 = -2.754, p < .01) than younger drivers (N = 25, 68% female, mean age 22.3 years).