Matt Crisler: Are Distracted Drivers Aware that they are Distracted…

  • Thursday, February 4, 2010
  • 11:00 AM
  • Brackett 414

Are Distracted Drivers Aware that they are Distracted? Exploring Awareness, Self-regulation, and Performance in Drivers Performing Secondary Tasks

Research has shown that driving while talking on a mobile telephone is likely to cause
drivers’ to fail to see relevant events. However, distraction has been shown to have little
effect on lane-keeping ability. This pattern is similar to research on driving performance
at night suggesting that some problems associated with distraction may parallel those of
night driving.
The current investigation seeks to investigate whether drivers identify and react to their
own performance decrements while distracted and whether they notice differences in
lane-keeping versus identification performance. It is hypothesized that drivers will
expect robust driving performance while distracted and will not report differences in the
effect of distraction on lane-keeping ability and visual recognition ability.

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