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    An exploratory study of the role played by sustained attention along a rural Irish route using a video-playback system


    Daly, Noel and Brogan, Michael and Kaneswaran, David and Deegan, Catherine and Markham, Charles and Commins, Sean (2014) An exploratory study of the role played by sustained attention along a rural Irish route using a video-playback system. Transportation Research Part F: Traffic Psychology and Behaviour, 26 (A). pp. 138-150. ISSN 1369-8478

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    Abstract

    Inattention and distractibility are major causes of driver accidents. Using a video playback system with a video sequence taken from a rural Irish road, we compared the speed of those considered as having either high or low levels of sustained attention along the route, as well as, at targeted sections of the road. In addition, we manipulated the video sequence by adding a speed limit sign (augmented sequence) or by removal of the middle white line (redacted sequence) to determine how each group would react. Results revealed that those with high sustained attention showed generally lower speeds compared to those with low sustained attention with a significant difference between the groups at bends. Further, although no difference in reaction was found for any particular manipulated sequence, the high sustained attention group was found to be significantly slower at these locations. In addition, some gender differences were observed, females showed significantly lower speeds on straight stretches of road and at a school compared to male drivers. These results would suggest that both attentional capacity and gender should be considered as separate entities in future driving research and theoretical models.

    Item Type: Article
    Keywords: Driver behaviour; Sustained attention; Rural roads; Gender;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Science and Engineering > Psychology
    Item ID: 10712
    Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.trf.2014.06.014
    Depositing User: Dr. Sean Commins
    Date Deposited: 10 Apr 2019 13:51
    Journal or Publication Title: Transportation Research Part F: Traffic Psychology and Behaviour
    Publisher: Elsevier
    Refereed: Yes
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