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Simulated Driving Performance is Worse with a Passenger than a Simulated Cellular Telephone Converser
North American Journal of Psychology
  • Mark G. Rivardo
  • Maria L. Pacella
  • Brandi Klein, Missouri University of Science and Technology
Evidence that cellular telephone conversations hinder driving performance is plentiful. However, why they should be more dangerous than passenger conversations has not been adequately explored. A passenger's ability to share situation awareness with the driver may reduce the negative effects of conversation but studies have not controlled for the effect of cellular telephone transmission. Unexpectedly, simulated driving performance was worst with a normal passenger and did not differ between blind passenger and no passenger conditions. The use of vacation as a naturalistic conversation topic and casual participant attitudes may have affected the results. Additional research is needed to further explore the differences between passenger and cellular telephone conversations to understand their effects on driving performance.
Psychological Science
Keywords and Phrases
  • Cellular Telephones,
  • Crash Causes,
  • Human Factors in Crashes,
  • Traffic Crashes,
  • Traffic Safety
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Article - Journal
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© 2008 North American Journal of Psychology, All rights reserved.
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Mark G. Rivardo, Maria L. Pacella and Brandi Klein. "Simulated Driving Performance is Worse with a Passenger than a Simulated Cellular Telephone Converser" North American Journal of Psychology Vol. 10 Iss. 2 (2008) p. 265 - 276 ISSN: 15277143
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