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Development of a Collision Avoidance Responding Task and Associated Measures of Everyday Attention

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Title: Development of a Collision Avoidance Responding Task and Associated Measures of Everyday Attention
Authors: Arakaki, Kristi
Issue Date: 15 Jan 2014
Publisher: University of Hawaii at Manoa
Abstract: The ability to avoid moving vehicle collisions is a skill that is extremely vital to survival. Declines in collision avoidance abilities among older adults and under-development of collision avoidance skills among individuals under age 12 may account for the disproportionately high number of older individuals and children involved in pedestrian-vehicle collisions (Choueiri et al., 1993; Kingma, 1994; Mathey, 1983). The growing number of traffic-related fatalities underscores the need to attain a better understanding of collision avoidance response skill changes across the lifespan and the need to develop systems for screening and assessing individual collision avoid­ance skills. The primary objective of this research was to develop a simulated collision avoidance testing (SCAT) system and procedure and to conduct a pilot study to examine its sensitivity to age of the vehicle operator. A second purpose was to develop a battery of tests and to examine the relationship between attention skills and collision avoidance ability. The degree of skill exhibited by an individual in avoiding automobile collisions in the simulator is expected to be a useful indi­cator of his/her ability to perform other related complex vehicle-maneuvering tasks such as those required for automobile operation.
Pages/Duration: 111 pages
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