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Influence of virtual reality training on the roadside crossing judgements of child pedestrians

Thomson, J.A. and Tolmie, A.K. and Foot, H.C. and Sarvary, P.A. and Whelan, K.M. and Morrison, S. (2005) Influence of virtual reality training on the roadside crossing judgements of child pedestrians. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Applied, 11 (3). pp. 175-186. ISSN 1076-898X

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    Abstract

    The roadside crossing judgments of children aged 7, 9, and 11 years were assessed relative to controls before and after training with a computer-simulated traffic environment. Trained children crossed more quickly, and their estimated crossing times became better aligned with actual crossing times. They crossed more promptly, missed fewer safe opportunities to cross, accepted smaller traffic gaps without increasing the number of risky crossings, and showed better conceptual understanding of the factors to be considered when making crossing judgments. All age groups improved to the same extent, and there was no deterioration when children were retested 8 months later. The results are discussed in relation to theoretical arguments concerning the extent to which children's pedestrian judgments are amenable to training.

    Item type: Article
    ID code: 5133
    Keywords: road safety, child psychology, developmental psychology, virtual reality training, roadside crossing judgments, child pedestrians, injury, computer-simulated training, education, Highway engineering. Roads and pavements, Psychology, Child Health. Child health services
    Subjects: Technology > Highway engineering. Roads and pavements
    Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > Psychology
    Medicine > Pediatrics > Child Health. Child health services
    Department: Faculty of Law, Arts and Social Sciences > Psychology
    Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences (HaSS) > School of Psychological Science and Health > Psychology
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      Depositing user: Strathprints Administrator
      Date Deposited: 09 Jan 2008
      Last modified: 08 Dec 2013 16:37
      URI: http://strathprints.strath.ac.uk/id/eprint/5133

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