Conference Proceeding

Traffic Scene Related Change Blindness in Older Drivers

  • Sarah Batchelder (University of Iowa, Iowa City)
  • Matthew Rizzo (University of Iowa, Iowa City)
  • Rick Vanderleest (Digital Artefacts, LLC, Iowa City, IA)
  • Sean Vecera (University of Iowa, Iowa City)


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).

How to Cite:

Batchelder, S. & Rizzo, M. & Vanderleest, R. & Vecera, S., (2003) “Traffic Scene Related Change Blindness in Older Drivers”, Driving Assessment Conference 2(2003), 177-181. doi:

Rights: Copyright © 2003 the authors

Publisher Notes

  • Honda Outstanding Student Paper Award

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Published on
23 Jul 2003
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