Shifting between Cognitive and Visual Distraction: The Impact of Cognitive Ability on Distraction Caused by Secondary Tasks

This article explores whether individual differences in cognitive executive function moderate the impacts of secondary task distraction on driver performance. The authors extend previous research on the effects of cognitive executive (CE) load on driving performance to include the impact of secondary task modality. One-hundred and two subjects completed a primary pedal tracking task and secondary tasks that measured inhibition, shifting and updating in both video and audio conditions. The study shows that people with high shifting ability will compensate for the effect of visual distraction by switching visual attention more frequently between primary and secondary tasks. Shifting ability was determined to be the most important of the cognitive abilities relating to CE function, as it moderated the relationship between modality and secondary task loading during the pedal tracking task.

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  • Authors:
    • Mizobuchi, Sachi
    • Chignell, Mark
    • Suzuki, Junko
    • Koga, Ko
    • Nawa, Kazunari
  • Publication Date: 2017-5


  • English

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  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: Figures; References;
  • Pagination: pp 12-15
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  • Accession Number: 01644538
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Aug 29 2017 10:09AM