How does driving experience affect allocation of attention in complex signalled intersections?
Two experiments were conducted using a change detection paradigm in the University of Guelph driving simulator to study how drivers of different experience levels allocate their attention in complex intersections. Given that it is impossible to attend to everything at once, an important component of driving skill is knowing what to attend to and what to ignore. Change blindness is the failure to detect a change in the environment. Detected changes provide an index for the allocation of attention (Rensink, O'Regan & Clark, 1997). Differences in what and where drivers of different experience levels attend were examined through detections of safety-related and safety-unrelated changes in the left, center and right of complex intersections.