Conference Proceeding

Impact of Cognitive Workload on Physiological Arousal and Performance in Younger and Older Drivers

Authors
  • Joonwoo Son (Daegu Gyeongbuk Institute of Science & Technology (DGIST), Daegu, South Korea)
  • Bruce Mehler (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA)
  • Taeyoung Lee (Daegu Gyeongbuk Institute of Science & Technology (DGIST), Daegu, South Korea)
  • Yunsuk Park (Daegu Gyeongbuk Institute of Science & Technology (DGIST), Daegu, South Korea)
  • Joseph Coughlin (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA)
  • Bryan Reimer (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA)

Abstract

Two groups, aged 25-35 and 60-69, engaged in 3 levels of a delayed auditory recall task while driving a simulated highway. Heart rate and skin conductance increased with each level of demand, demonstrating that these indices can correctly rank order cognitive workload. Effects were also observed on speed and SD of lane position, but they were subtle, nonlinear, and did not effectively differentiate. Patterns were quite consistent across age groups. These findings on the sensitivity of physiological measures replicate those from an onroad study using a similar protocol. Together, the results support the validity of using these physiological measures of workload in a simulated environment to model differences likely to be present under actual driving conditions.

How to Cite:

Son, J. & Mehler, B. & Lee, T. & Park, Y. & Coughlin, J. & Reimer, B., (2011) “Impact of Cognitive Workload on Physiological Arousal and Performance in Younger and Older Drivers”, Driving Assessment Conference 6(2011), 87-94. doi: https://doi.org/10.17077/drivingassessment.1382

Rights: Copyright © 2011 the author(s)

Downloads:
Download pdf
View PDF

125 Views

211 Downloads

Published on
28 Jun 2011
Peer Reviewed