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ERIC Number: EJ779158
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Aug
Pages: 10
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0140-1971
The Effects of Sleep Debt on Vigilance in Young Drivers: An Education/Research Project in High Schools
Lucidi, Fabio; Devoto, Alessandra; Bertini, Mario; Braibanti, Paride; Violani, Cristiano
Journal of Adolescence, v25 n4 p405-414 Aug 2002
The vigilance levels of a group of 59 students were assessed in the daytime (9:00-11:00 a.m.) and again early Sunday morning (2:30-5:00 a.m.), and were then compared. Data were collected at the students' schools. The differences in performance impairment associated with different Saturday night social activities and the effect of alcohol consumption were evaluated. Results indicate a vigilance decrease during the night, and this is greater in subjects who consumed more alcohol. Students who spent their Saturday night in a discotheque showed the most prominent nocturnal vigilance decrease, even when the effect of alcohol consumption is covaried. The effect of social activities on vigilance levels was also associated with different lengths of time spent awake and the different time in which subjects performed the vigilance task.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: High Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A