Research Reports - Specific attention disorders in drivers with traumatic brain injury

Brain Inj. 2013;27(5):538-47

Masson M, Michael GA, Désert JF, Rhein F, Foubert L, Colliot P

Objective: To highlight the impact of the increasing attentional load on
performance of both normal drivers and drivers with traumatic brain injury.
Background: Patients with brain injury have a higher accident risk than people
with no brain injury [1], probably as a result of persistent attention disorders.
Method: Ten patients and 10 paired controls took part in a computerized selective
attention task involving specific attentional processes. They were asked to
monitor a speedometer and to ignore sudden changes in the surrounding environment
in three separate experimental situations involving different attentional load.
Results: Although, in the control situation, patients' results were equivalent to
controls', they displayed specific disorders in more complex situations where the
attentional load increased. Conclusion: These difficulties may have a negative
impact on real driving situations.

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