Student Pilot Project: Improving Data Validity in a Driving Simulator -- Effects of Guided Practice in Older Adults on Simulator Handling Skills and Incidence of Simulator Sickness

Although driving simulators are increasingly used in research because they allow precise investigation of critical issues which would be unsafe or impractical to study in the field, simulator studies can be costly due to high levels of data loss. These losses accrue when participants lack the skill to handle a simulator as if it were a real car or become sick and must discontinue participation. Older participants often suffer significant data losses, and it can be time consuming and expensive to recruit additional participants to replace lost data. During one such study, skill deficits in simulator handling were observed and a guided practice scenario developed to correct the issue. Resulting data were significantly more consistent and suggestive of increased skill. The current research proposes: to extend these findings among older adults to handling the simulator on curving roads and during turns at intersections; to determine whether an automated practice scenario can provide similar benefits; and explore whether the benefits of guided practice extend to reducing incidence of simulator sickness. Preventing data loss from data validity and simulator sickness issues would be of great benefit to researchers working in partnership with the Accessibility and Safety for an Aging Population (ASAP) Center and using simulators.


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  • Status: Active
  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology

    University Transportation Centers Program
    Department of Transportation
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Project Managers:

    Tucker-Thomas, Dawn

  • Performing Organizations:

    Florida State University, Tallahassee

    217 Westcott Building
    Tallahassee, FL  United States  32306-
  • Principal Investigators:

    Landbeck, Rebekah

  • Start Date: 20160106
  • Expected Completion Date: 20160708
  • Actual Completion Date: 0
  • USDOT Program: University Transportation Centers Program
  • Subprogram: Research
  • Source Data: RiP Project 40944

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01604149
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Center for Accessibility and Safety for an Aging Population
  • Files: UTC, RiP
  • Created Date: Jun 30 2016 5:38PM