Student Pilot Project: Is the Driving Performance of Older Adults Exceptionally Impacted by Cell Phone Notifications?
|University||Florida State University (FSU)|
|Principal Investigators||Cary Stothart|
|PI Contact Information||
Department of Psychology
|Funding Source(s)and Amounts Provided(by each agency or organization)||
Florida State University: $9,600
|Total Project Cost||$28,700|
|Agency ID or Contract Number||DTRT13-G-UTC42-033177-037439|
|Start and End Dates||09/01/2015 – 11/30/2016|
|Brief Description of Research Project||
Mind wandering—the generation of task-unrelated thoughts—negatively impacts people’s ability to drive. As just receiving a phone notification such as a call or text message may result in mind wandering, notifications may indirectly impair people’s driving ability. In a driving simulator, younger and older aged participants followed a pace car that occasionally braked. We sent some participants text messages or calls to their phones while they drove without them knowing that these notifications were from us. When we sent participants text messages, they followed the pace car more closely than when we didn’t send them anything. Notifications did not impact participants’ brake response times to the pace car or their likelihood of colliding with it. And, participant age group had no impact on the results. Just receiving a phone notification can impact at least one metric of driving performance.
|Describe Implementation of Research Outcomes (or why not implemented) Place Any Photos Here||Final Report|
|Impacts/Benefits of Implementation (actual, not anticipated)||See Final Report|