Differential effects of monotony versus fatigue on driving performance and the effectiveness of various detection methods: implications for road safety in the ACT

This report details an experimental study designed to disentangle the characteristics and effects of monotony from those associated with fatigue. Specifically, it was examined whether poor driving performance associated with hypovigilance emerges as a consequence of monotony, independent of fatigue. Also examined was whether monotony is a multidimensional construct, determined by environmental characteristics and/or task demands that independently moderate sustained attention and associated driving performance. Results indicate that driving performance is worse in monotonous driving conditions characterised by low variability in road design. Critically, performance decrements associated with monotony emerge very early, suggesting monotony effects operate independent of fatigue.


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  • Pagination: 24p

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  • Accession Number: 01383228
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: ARRB
  • Files: ATRI
  • Created Date: Aug 22 2012 1:57PM