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Hum Factors. 2011 Feb;53(1):13-21.

Mind wandering behind the wheel: performance and oculomotor correlates.

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Department of Psychology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

An experiment studied the frequency and correlates of driver mind wandering.

BACKGROUND:

Driver mind wandering is associated with risk for crash involvement. The present experiment examined the performance and attentional changes by which this effect might occur.

METHOD:

Participants performed a car-following task in a high-fidelity driving simulator and were asked to report any time they caught themselves mind wandering. Vehicle control and eye movement data were recorded.

RESULTS:

As compared with their attentive performance, participants showed few deficits in vehicle control while mind wandering but tended to focus visual attention narrowly on the road ahead.

CONCLUSION:

Data suggest that mind wandering can engender a failure to monitor the environment while driving.

APPLICATION:

Results identify behavioral correlates and potential risks of mind wandering that might enable efforts to detect and mitigate driver inattention.

PMID:
21469530
DOI:
10.1177/0018720810391530
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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