Age and cross-cultural comparison of drivers' cognitive workload and performance in simulated urban driving
Author(s)Son, J.; Reimer, Bryan; Mehler, Bruce L.; Pohlmeyer, A. E.; Godfrey, K. M.; Orszulak, Jarrod Joseph; Long, J.; Kim, M. H.; Lee, Y. T.; Coughlin, Joseph F.; ... Show more Show less
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Driving demands significant psychomotor attention and requires even more when drivers are engaged in secondary tasks that increase cognitive workload and divert attention. It is well established that age influences driving risk. Less is known about how culture impacts changes in attention. We conducted parallel driving simulations in the US and Korea to measure the extent to which age and culture influence dual-task performance. There were 135 participants divided into two groups: a younger group aged 20∼29, and an older group aged 60∼69. Whereas some differences by culture appeared in absolute control measures, the younger participants showed similar mean velocity and compensatory patterns associated with increased cognitive load in the urban setting; however, the results from the older samples were less similar.
DepartmentMassachusetts Institute of Technology. AgeLab; Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Center for Transportation & Logistics
International Journal of Automotive Technology
Springer Science + Business Media B.V.
Son, J. et al. “Age and cross-cultural comparison of drivers’ cognitive workload and performance in simulated urban driving.” International Journal of Automotive Technology 11 (2010): 533-539.
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