The Priming Function of In-car Audio Instruction

Keyes, Helen, Whitmore, Antony, Naneva, Stanislava and McDermott, Daragh T. (2019) The Priming Function of In-car Audio Instruction. Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, 72 (3). pp. 643-650. ISSN 1747-0226

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Studies to date have focused on the priming power of visual road signs, but not the priming potential of audio road scene instruction. Here, the relative priming power of visual, audio and multisensory road scene instructions were assessed. In a lab-based study, participants responded to target road scene turns following visual, audio or multisensory road turn primes which were congruent or incongruent to the primes in direction, or control primes. All types of instruction (visual, audio, multisensory) were successful in priming responses to a road scene. Responses to multisensory-primed targets (both audio and visual) were faster than responses to either audio or visual primes alone. Incongruent audio primes did not affect performance negatively in the manner of incongruent visual or multisensory primes. Results suggest that audio instructions have the potential to prime drivers to respond quickly and safely to their road environment. Peak performance will be observed if audio and visual road instruction primes can be timed to co-occur.

Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: Visual priming, Audio priming, Multisensory priming, Driving behaviour
Faculty: ARCHIVED Faculty of Science & Technology (until September 2018)
Depositing User: Helen Keyes
Date Deposited: 09 Mar 2018 10:37
Last Modified: 10 Feb 2022 16:56

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