Keywords

Cell phone distraction, Driving simulator

Abstract

Does the use of a cell phone while driving influence the driver’s ability to execute a proper turn? Is there difference between genders pertaining to motor skill while driving in a simulated driving environment? To accomplish this task, three groups of ten participants (5 women and 5 men) each were tested using a scripted test scenario focusing on left and right turns. The participants were made to drive through a test scenario to get used to the driving simulator. The scenario for the experimental group was an inner-city training scenario with the presence of vehicular traffic and the main focus area was on six critical turns (3 left and 3 rights). The apparatus used for this study was the "Patrol Simulator" built by GE Driver Development. A 2 (Gender) x 3 (Cell phone condition) between subjects design was used to assess the differences in mean driving performance between gender (male and female) at 3 cell phone conditions (No Phone, Phone No Conversation, Phone with Conversation). The study verified that cellular phones would adversely affects a driver’s ability to perform turns, and showed that gender plays a role in this effect. However, it did confirm that gender does not play any role in a person’s overall ability to drive. The results indicated a significant main effect for Cell phone Condition for overall turns , F (2, 24) = 38.83, p > .0005, n[eta]² = .76. Results also indicated a significant interaction between Gender and Cell Phone Conditions, F (2, 24) = 3.97, p=.032, n[eta]² = 0.25.

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Graduation Date

2004

Semester

Summer

Advisor

Kincaid, J. Peter

Degree

Master of Science (M.S.)

College

College of Arts and Sciences

Department

Modeling and Simulation

Degree Program

Modeling and Simulation

Format

application/pdf

Identifier

CFE0000084

URL

http://purl.fcla.edu/fcla/etd/CFE0000084

Language

English

Release Date

August 2004

Length of Campus-only Access

None

Access Status

Masters Thesis (Open Access)

Subjects

Arts and Sciences -- Dissertations, Academic; Dissertations, Academic -- Arts and Sciences

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