Judgments of vehicle approach across the lifespan

Tuesday 21/06/2011 at 12:30pm
Location: Brunel Design, Tower A, Room TA049
Speaker: Dr Damian Poulter, Department of Psychology, Royal Holloway, University of London

Estimating the time-to-passage of approaching objects is critical for collision avoidance. Failure to accurately detect and gauge the approach of an object can have serious consequences. Road traffic accident statistics show that a failure to judge another persons’ speed or path is one of the key contributors to collision involvement, with some groups more vulnerable at the roadside than others (e.g., child pedestrians and older drivers). The talk will cover a series of studies examining the perceptual components underpinning roadside judgements, and will discuss the evidence for perceptual limitations that may increase the risk of making an injudicious decision to cross the road as a pedestrian, or pull out of a junction as a driver. Results will also be considered in terms of potential interventions to enhance the safety of more vulnerable road users.