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RCHSS - Psychological Science

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Faculty Sponsor Name

Dr. Jung

Abstract (300 words maximum)

Previous research on driver’s takeover performance suggests that low attention levels may increase driver’s reaction time to take over control of the automated vehicle. Previous studies suggest that the presence of lyrical background music leads to significant negative effects on attention. We hypothesize that the presence of upbeat lyrical music while driving will consume the human driver’s attentional resources and therefore worsen the human driver’s ability to predict the potential crash. This will result in deteriorated take-over performance. To test this hypothesis, we conducted a driving simulator experiment where participants monitored a self-driving vehicle with or without upbeat lyrical music playing in the background. There were a total of eight trials in which the first half was with music, and the second half was without. This study will demonstrate how music affects take-over performance. We are currently analyzing the data, however, we predict that our findings will show a decrease in takeover performance when music is played for participants.

Project Type

Oral Presentation (15-min time slots)

How will this be presented?

Yes, asynchronously via recorded video upload

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Projecting Planned Trajectory of an Automated Vehicle via Augmented Reality: Effects on Takeover Performance While Listening to Music

Previous research on driver’s takeover performance suggests that low attention levels may increase driver’s reaction time to take over control of the automated vehicle. Previous studies suggest that the presence of lyrical background music leads to significant negative effects on attention. We hypothesize that the presence of upbeat lyrical music while driving will consume the human driver’s attentional resources and therefore worsen the human driver’s ability to predict the potential crash. This will result in deteriorated take-over performance. To test this hypothesis, we conducted a driving simulator experiment where participants monitored a self-driving vehicle with or without upbeat lyrical music playing in the background. There were a total of eight trials in which the first half was with music, and the second half was without. This study will demonstrate how music affects take-over performance. We are currently analyzing the data, however, we predict that our findings will show a decrease in takeover performance when music is played for participants.

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