Training eye movement "may limit driver distraction"

Training eye movement "may limit driver distraction"

The number of people being injured in car accidents may be reduced through training eye movement, a recent study has suggested.

Research carried out at Vanderbilt University and published in the Journal of Vision found that the correct application of motion information and appropriate eye movements could help to minimise driver distraction and, subsequently, the chances of an accident occurring.

Adriane Seiffert, assistant professor of the department of psychology at Vanderbilt University, said the key question is how to get people to see more, respond faster and be able to avoid errors that come from losing track of targets.

"This could have important repercussions for how people are trained to drive. A better understanding of how the pattern of eye movements can reduce errors in tracking could help develop strategies for reducing crash risks," she said.

It comes after experts from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center recently claimed that a quick, painless eye measurement procedure is showing promise as a way to diagnose multiple sclerosis in its very early stages and track the effectiveness of treatments.

by Adrian Galbreth

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