8 SMIDSY – looked but not perceived; workload

SUMMARY – when driving the brain needs to process sensory information… this is known as the ‘cognitive workload’… as driving tasks increase in difficulty, the workload starts to increase… even relatively simple tasks create an incoming information stream that exceeds the brain’s ability to process it all… stress in driving tasks further reduces the brain’s ability to process data… once the workload limit exceeded, a driver’s situational awareness at junctions is significantly degraded…


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