Driving on the Motorway: The Effect of Alternating Speed on Driver’s activation level and mental effort
- Published: Universidad de Valencia, 2002
- Authors: Tejero, P. and Chóliz, M.
- Date Added: 07 Apr 2016
- Last Update: 07 Apr 2016
To provide empirical evidence regarding the effects of alternating speed on the level of driver activation on a motorway route in real traffic.
Monitoring drivers of various ages travelling at constant and varying speeds via an Electroencephalogram (EEG) and heart rate monitor.
Driver Electroencephalography (EEG) – electrical activity in the brain –tended to be significantly higher when speed was modified periodically than when it remained constant.
No significant difference was found relating to cardiovascular measurements during the same experiment.
Non-UK research (Spain), but applicable to drivers worldwide.