Conference Proceeding

Attention Maintenance in Novice Drivers: Assessment and Training

Authors
  • Anuj Pradhan (University of Massachusetts at Amherst, Amherst, MA)
  • Jonna M Masserang (University of Massachusetts at Amherst, Amherst, MA)
  • Gautam Divekar (University of Massachusetts at Amherst, Amherst, MA)
  • Ian Reagan (University of Massachusetts at Amherst, Amherst, MA)
  • F Dennis Thomas (University of Massachusetts at Amherst, Amherst, MA)
  • Richard Blomberg (University of Massachusetts at Amherst, Amherst, MA)
  • Alexander Pollatsek (University of Massachusetts at Amherst, Amherst, MA)
  • Donald Fisher (University of Massachusetts at Amherst, Amherst, MA)

Abstract

All programs assessing attention maintenance inside the vehicle have required eye trackers and either a driving simulator or a specially equipped field vehicle. Ideally, one would like a way to assess attention maintenance that could be implemented on a desktop PC. Additionally, one would like to have a program that could be used to train novice drivers to maintain their attention more safely on the forward roadway. An experiment was run (a) to determine whether a program FOCAL (Focused Concentration and Attention Learning) using a desktop PC could differentiate between the attention maintenance skills of novice and experienced drivers and (b) to determine whether a program that improved the hazard anticipation skills of novice drivers might also improve their attention maintenance skills. FOCAL was able to differentiate between the attention maintenance skills of novice and experienced drivers. However, hazard anticipation training did not improve the attention maintenance skills of the novice drivers.

How to Cite:

Pradhan, A. & Masserang, J. & Divekar, G. & Reagan, I. & Thomas, F. & Blomberg, R. & Pollatsek, A. & Fisher, D., (2009) “Attention Maintenance in Novice Drivers: Assessment and Training”, Driving Assessment Conference 5(2009), 349-355. doi: https://doi.org/10.17077/drivingassessment.1342

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Published on
24 Jun 2009
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