Interaction of age and attention on driving performance

Mona Motamedi, Elzbieta B. Slawinski


A study was conducted on the effects of age and attention levels to auditory distracters on ability to detect external vehicular warning signals. Results showed that the level of attenuation to a warning signla decreased when participants were attending to the distracter and simultaneously to the warning signlas. Thus, the effect of age was manifested in a decrease in the level of attenuation for both the attended and unattended conditions obtained for elderly participants.


Acoustic intensity; Alarm systems; Anechoic chambers; Attenuation; Audition; Automobile drivers; Automobile parts and equipment; Computer software; Human engineering; Statistical methods; Age; Attention; Auditory distracters; Elderly drivers

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