The effects of attending to auditory stimuli on driver speed and lane weaving behaviors in a driving simulator

Kirsten Dugdale, Elzbieta Slawinski


The thought of whether or not attending to an auditory stimulus while driving in a simulator will have an effect on drivers' speed and lane-weaving behaviors was determined. A comedy sketch was used in the effect condition as it was assumed that because of the pleasant nature of the stimulus, participants will be more likely to attend to the stimulus than they would be to a neutral, non-engaging stimulus. It was hypothesized that drives attending to an engaging auditory stimulus will drive a significantly different speed than drivers listening to a nonsense recording of scrambled words.


Audition; Automobile drivers; Automobile simulators; Cognitive systems; Highway systems; Human engineering; Speed; Statistical tests; Auditory stimuli; Driver speed; Driving simulator; Lane weaving behaviors

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