Distracted driving leads to countless accidents, serious injuries, and millions of dollars in property damage. Many of these situations arise from "cognitive distraction" - where drivers are so preoccupied thinking about distracting information that they miss key perceptual events that could have averted disaster.
The present work investigates a theory-based training program designed to reduce cognitive distraction by increasing drivers’ ability to filter out distracting information.
We will show that training improves environmental monitoring and situational awareness across a variety of simulated driving scenarios, and can be used as the basis for training interventions in high risk driving groups.
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