The driving team studies the relationship between cognitive factors (e.g., perception, memory, and attention) and performance in the driving domain. We employ a driving simulator to emulate behaviors that occur in real-life driving. Previous studies include texting versus calling, aggression and driving, the effects of GPS interface on driving, working memory and driving, and the effects of the type of distraction (e.g., physical versus cognitive) on driving.
Neurocognitive driving Division
The Neurocognitive Driving division is currently investigating how distracted driving and traffic density affect individuals diagnosed ADHD by way of subjective, physiological, working memory capacity, and driving measures differs from individuals without ADHD. Also, looking at how different personality measures can affect how well one can drive.
Upcoming Research: To investigate the same question, but look at a healthy older population compared to elderly diagnosed with MCI. Also, looking at how different personality measures can affect how well one can drive. Healthy older and younger participant data from both populations data will be compared to see how Working Memory Capacity changes over time and can effect driver performance
Aging & Distracted Driving Division
The Aging and Distracted Driving division works to evaluate the dangers of distracted driving and the risks associated with older individuals behind the wheel.
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