Evaluating divided attention, impulsivity, mobile phone dependency and their effects on driver distraction

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Morris, Larry
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BA (Hons) in Psychology
Dublin Business School
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The aim of the study evaluated events that led to driver distraction and whether human behaviours like Divided Attention, Impulsivity or problematic phone use independently or collectively impeded with driver distraction. A snowball sample group of (N=150) participants, recruited over a 30 day period, participated through an online survey host site. The survey structure incorporated the divided attention questionnaire, the Bis- Brief questionnaire, the problematic use of mobile phone questionnaire and the driver distraction survey. A quasi experimental design through 3corellational and 5 differential analyses tested 8 hypotheses, and concluded significant relationships with driver distraction, problematic phone use and divided attention. No significant difference between the gender split occurred with two t-tests comparing driver distraction and problematic phone use. Significant findings were indicated between the age groups by applying the same dependent variables. A t-test revealed a significant difference between individuals who drive for work and those who did not.