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Attention Function Structure of Older and Younger Adult Drivers

Authors
  • Stephanie Tuttle (Central Michigan University Mount Pleasant, MI)
  • Nicholas Cassavaugh (Central Michigan University Mount Pleasant, MI)
  • Richard W Backs (Central Michigan University Mount Pleasant, MI)

Abstract

Groups of younger (n=49, M age = 21.7 years) and older (n=52, M age = 73.0 years) adults performed computer-based cognitive tests and simulated driving. Results from the cognitive tests were submitted to Principal Components Analysis (PCA) and 6 components were extracted that explained more than 77% of the variance. The components were labeled speed, divided, sustained, executive, selective/inhibition, and visual search in descending order of amount of variance explained. The component scores were used to predict simulated driving performance. Hierarchical step-wise regressions were computed with driving performance as the criterion, and age group (forced) and the component scores (step-wise) as predictors. Results showed that the speed and divided components were more likely to explain additional driving performance variance beyond age group than the other components.

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Tuttle, S. & Cassavaugh, N. & Backs, R., (2009) “Attention Function Structure of Older and Younger Adult Drivers”, Driving Assessment Conference 5(2009), 506-513. doi: https://doi.org/10.17077/drivingassessment.1364

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Published on
25 Jun 2009
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