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ERIC Number: EJ1199710
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2019
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0022-2194
Difficulties of Drivers with Dyslexia When Reading Traffic Signs: Analysis of Reading, Eye Gazes, and Driving Performance
Tejero, Pilar; Insa, Beatriz; Roca, Javier
Journal of Learning Disabilities, v52 n1 p84-95 Jan-Feb 2019
A group of adult individuals with dyslexia and a matched group of normally reading individuals participated in a driving simulation experiment. Participants were asked to read the word presented on every direction traffic sign encountered along a route, as far as possible from the sign, maintaining driving performance. Word frequency and word length were manipulated as within-subject factors. We analyzed (a) reading accuracy, (b) how far the sign was when the participant started to give the response, (c) where the participant looked during the time leading up to the response, and (d) the variability of the vehicle's speed during that time and during driving on similar segments of the route that did not present the traffic signs. Individuals with dyslexia showed lower levels of performance in the reading task, the roles of word frequency and word length were more influential for them, and there was larger variability of the vehicle's speed during the time they were attempting to read the traffic sign, which did not occur during their driving on similar segments that did not present the targeted traffic signs. Therefore, the specific needs of individuals with dyslexia on the road should be considered in plans aimed at increasing traffic safety and fluidity.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Spain