Training Attention Maintenance: A First Step

Failure to maintain attention on the roadway has been shown to be one of the three major causes of crashes. There are also significant differences between novice and more experienced drivers, both in a driving simulator and on the road in terms of how they distribute glances away from the forward roadway. This research is a first step in addressing the problem of inferior attention maintenance in novice drivers. First, an instrument was developed to assess attention maintenance (AMAP) on a PC-platform that is easy to use, and verified in Experiment 1 that AMAP showed significant differences on key measures of distribution of attention maintenance between novice and more experienced drivers. Second, as there are no current programs designed to train novice drivers to glance away for less than 2 seconds at a time while attending to critical in-vehicle events, a PC-platform attention-maintenance training program (FOCAL) was developed. This was tested in Experiment 2, and there were large, significant, differences on AMAP between a FOCAL-trained group and a placebo-trained group. It is argued that there is good reason to expect that this result will generalize to testing on a driving simulator and to actual driving.


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Media Info

  • Media Type: DVD
  • Features: Figures; Photos; References;
  • Pagination: 17p
  • Monograph Title: TRB 89th Annual Meeting Compendium of Papers DVD

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  • Accession Number: 01153405
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: 10-0391
  • Files: TRIS, TRB
  • Created Date: Jan 25 2010 10:13AM