Transfer of Computer-based Training to Simulated Driving in Older Adults

As the population of many industrialized countries ages, the number of older drivers on the roads increases. Statistics show that older drivers are at increased risk for involvement in fatal accidents. One explanation for this is the cognitive and motor declines associated with the aging process. As we age, performance on attention, memory, and motor control tasks, 3 important components of driving, declines. In this study, the authors examine the relationship between performance on component cognitive tasks and the influence of training on these tasks on the simulated driving performance of older adults. Regression analyses demonstrated that performance on the single and dual cognitive tasks and improvements in these computer-based tasks with training were predictive of improvements in driving simulator performance across the course of the study. This data suggests that relatively simple single and dual computer-based tasks and modest amounts of training on these tasks can improve driving performance in older adults, thereby extending functional independence.

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    • Abstract reprinted with permission from Elsevier.
  • Authors:
    • Cassavaugh, Nicholas D
    • Kramer, Arthur F
  • Publication Date: 2009-9


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  • Accession Number: 01146450
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Dec 4 2009 2:52PM