Conference Proceeding

A Cross-Cultural Comparison of Younger and Older Adults' Simulated Highway Driving Performance Under Single and Dual Task Conditions

Authors
  • Bryan Reimer (Massachusetts Institute of Technology AgeLab, Cambridge)
  • Bruce Mehler (Massachusetts Institute of Technology AgeLab, Cambridge)
  • Joonwoo Son (DGIST (Daegu Gyeongbuk Institute of Science & Technology), South Korea)
  • Anna E Pohlmeyer (Massachusetts Institute of Technology AgeLab, Cambridge)
  • Jarrod Orszulak (Massachusetts Institute of Technology AgeLab, Cambridge)
  • Jonathon Long (Massachusetts Institute of Technology AgeLab, Cambridge)
  • Joseph F Coughlin (Massachusetts Institute of Technology AgeLab, Cambridge)

Abstract

Driving is a complex psychomotor task that is often interrupted by secondary activities that divert attention away from the roadway. The risk of inattentive driving is known vary with age. The degree to which culture impacts these changes is less established. To study the impact of age and culture on drivers’ capacity to manage dual task demands, we developed a parallel driving simulation in the US and Korea. We assessed the performance of 135 drivers divided into two age groups, younger (20–29) and older (60-69). Both age and cultural group differences in basic highway driving performance measures were observed. However, the relative impact of the dual task demands on driving performance was largely consistent across cultures.

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Reimer, B. & Mehler, B. & Son, J. & Pohlmeyer, A. & Orszulak, J. & Long, J. & Coughlin, J., (2009) “A Cross-Cultural Comparison of Younger and Older Adults' Simulated Highway Driving Performance Under Single and Dual Task Conditions”, Driving Assessment Conference 5(2009), 206-213. doi: https://doi.org/10.17077/drivingassessment.1323

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Published on
24 Jun 2009
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