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Title: The role of eye movements in learning to drive
Author: Kaylor-Hughes, Catherine J.
ISNI:       0000 0001 3595 9009
Awarding Body: University of Sussex
Current Institution: University of Sussex
Date of Award: 2008
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Learning to drive a car poses novel and demanding problems for the nervous system. In this task the brain must utilise sensory modalities in conjunction with implicit knowledge and learning mechanisms to produce several, almost instantaneous, motor commands. The process' by which the brain achieves this has its basis in vision and perception, which are largely influenced by movements of the eyes. This thesis investigates the role of eye movements in learning to drive. Using a head mounted Camera, three learners were taken for their first three driving lessons and their eye and head movements were recorded. These were then analysed and compared to three experienced drivers who had driven the same rural-suburban circuit. Analysis revealed that learner drivers have a smaller area of visual search and . . longer mean fixation duration compared to the experienced drivers, as seen in previous studies of novice drivers (with some driving experience). In addition, when turning a comer learner drivers do not look into the bend as the experienced drivers do. Instead learners use information about the road in front of the car to guide steering which demonstrates a 'search strategy that is less anticipatory and denies them the opportunity to prepare for the road ahead. This work explores the use of eye movements in extracting useful visual information for learning to drive. In addition it looks at the time scale of learning to elucidate any patterns of eye-movements that may develop in this 'natural' task, as seen in other activities of daily life.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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