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The hazard perception ability of older drivers

Horswill, Mark S., Marrington, Shelby A., McCullough, Cynthia M., Wood, Joanne M., Pachana, Nancy A., McWilliam, Jenna, & Raikos, Maria K. (2008) The hazard perception ability of older drivers. Journals of Gerontology - Series B : Psychological Sciences & Social Sciences, 63(4), pp. 212-218.

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    Abstract

    We investigated the hazard perception ability of older drivers. A sample of 118 older drivers (65 years and older) completed a video-based hazard perception test and an assessment battery designed to measure aspects of cognitive ability, vision, and simple reaction time that might plausibly be linked to hazard perception ability. We found that hazard perception response times increased significantly with age but that this age-related increase could be accounted for by measures of contrast sensitivity and useful field (of view. We found that contrast sensitivity, useful field of view, and simple reaction time could account for the variance in hazard perception, independent of one another and of individual differences in age.

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    ID Code: 19047
    Item Type: Journal Article
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    Keywords: Contrast sensitivity, Hazard perception, Useful field of view, Young novice drivers, Mini-mental state, Driving performance, Visual impairment, Risk-taking, Crash risk, Age, Safety, Adults, Road
    ISSN: 1079-5014
    Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > PUBLIC HEALTH AND HEALTH SERVICES (111700)
    Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > PUBLIC HEALTH AND HEALTH SERVICES (111700) > Aged Health Care (111702)
    Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > OPTOMETRY AND OPHTHALMOLOGY (111300)
    Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > OPTOMETRY AND OPHTHALMOLOGY (111300) > Vision Science (111303)
    Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
    Current > Schools > School of Optometry & Vision Science
    Deposited On: 21 Apr 2009 09:36
    Last Modified: 01 Mar 2012 23:24

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