Journal article

Prospective memory while driving: comparison of time- and event-based intentions

Steven L Trawley, Amanda N Stephens, Peter G Rendell, John A Groeger

Ergonomics | TAYLOR & FRANCIS LTD | Published : 2017


Prospective memories can divert attentional resources from ongoing activities. However, it is unclear whether these effects and the theoretical accounts that seek to explain them will generalise to a complex real-world task such as driving. Twenty-four participants drove two simulated routes while maintaining a fixed headway with a lead vehicle. Drivers were given either event-based (e.g. arriving at a filling station) or time-based errands (e.g. on-board clock shows 3:30). In contrast to the predominant view in the literature which suggests time-based tasks are more demanding, drivers given event-based errands showed greater difficulty in mirroring lead vehicle speed changes compared to the..

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