The impact of mobile phone use on where we look and how we walk when negotiating floor based obstacles

Timmis, Matthew A. and Bijl, Herre and Turner, Kieran and Basevitch, Itay and Taylor, Matthew A. and van Paridon, Kjell N. (2017) The impact of mobile phone use on where we look and how we walk when negotiating floor based obstacles. PLOS ONE, 12 (6). e0179802. ISSN 1932-6203

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0179802

Abstract

Pedestrians regularly engage with their mobile phone whilst walking. The current study investigated how mobile phone use affects where people look (visual search behaviour) and how they negotiate a floor based hazard placed along the walking path. Whilst wearing a mobile eye tracker and motion analysis sensors, participants walked up to and negotiated a surface height change whilst writing a text, reading a text, talking on the phone, or without a phone. Differences in gait and visual search behaviour were found when using a mobile phone compared to when not using a phone. Using a phone resulted in looking less frequently and for less time at the surface height change, which led to adaptations in gait by negotiating it in a manner consistent with adopting an increasingly cautious stepping strategy. When using a mobile phone, writing a text whilst walking resulted in the greatest adaptions in gait and visual search behaviour compared to reading a text and talking on a mobile phone. Findings indicate that mobile phone users were able to adapt their visual search behaviour and gait to incorporate mobile phone use in a safe manner when negotiating floor based obstacles.

Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: mobile phone, gait, visual attention, walking, cell phones, toes, vision, eye movements, collective human behavior, fovea centralis, gait analysis
Faculty: Faculty of Science & Technology
Depositing User: kjell van Paridon
Date Deposited: 25 Aug 2017 08:29
Last Modified: 28 Feb 2019 16:00
URI: http://arro.anglia.ac.uk/id/eprint/702096

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