Aging and decision making: Driving-related problem solving

Neff Walker, W. Bradley Fain, Arthur D. Fisk, Christy L. McGuire

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Abstract

We examined age-related effects on decision making in a task environment familiar to most younger and older adults. Participants made route-selection decisions in real time. Participants received information about traffic density and expected speed limits of main and alternative routes, from which they determined the optimality of their present route versus alternative routes. The experiment evaluated the effects of information type, amount of congestion, alternative route speed limit, and age on speed and quality of decision making. Measures of optimal route selection revealed main effects of alternative route speed limit, congestion level, and message type, but there was not a main effect of age, and age did not interact with any variable. In terms of decision speed (but not quality of decision making), older participants were slower, and age interacted with alternative route speed and with message type. The data are interpreted in relation to previous data examining everyday problem solving and aging.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)438-444
Number of pages7
JournalHuman Factors
Volume39
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 1997
Externally publishedYes

Fingerprint

Decision Making
Aging of materials
Decision making
speed limit
decision making
Young Adult
traffic volume
present
experiment
Experiments

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Behavioral Neuroscience
  • Human Factors and Ergonomics
  • Psychology(all)
  • Applied Psychology

Cite this

Aging and decision making : Driving-related problem solving. / Walker, Neff; Fain, W. Bradley; Fisk, Arthur D.; McGuire, Christy L.

In: Human Factors, Vol. 39, No. 3, 09.1997, p. 438-444.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Walker, Neff ; Fain, W. Bradley ; Fisk, Arthur D. ; McGuire, Christy L. / Aging and decision making : Driving-related problem solving. In: Human Factors. 1997 ; Vol. 39, No. 3. pp. 438-444.
@article{c632cbb0063441a085bfd80a889f37b6,
title = "Aging and decision making: Driving-related problem solving",
abstract = "We examined age-related effects on decision making in a task environment familiar to most younger and older adults. Participants made route-selection decisions in real time. Participants received information about traffic density and expected speed limits of main and alternative routes, from which they determined the optimality of their present route versus alternative routes. The experiment evaluated the effects of information type, amount of congestion, alternative route speed limit, and age on speed and quality of decision making. Measures of optimal route selection revealed main effects of alternative route speed limit, congestion level, and message type, but there was not a main effect of age, and age did not interact with any variable. In terms of decision speed (but not quality of decision making), older participants were slower, and age interacted with alternative route speed and with message type. The data are interpreted in relation to previous data examining everyday problem solving and aging.",
author = "Neff Walker and Fain, {W. Bradley} and Fisk, {Arthur D.} and McGuire, {Christy L.}",
year = "1997",
month = "9",
doi = "10.1518/001872097778827188",
language = "English (US)",
volume = "39",
pages = "438--444",
journal = "Human Factors",
issn = "0018-7208",
publisher = "SAGE Publications Inc.",
number = "3",

}

TY - JOUR

T1 - Aging and decision making

T2 - Driving-related problem solving

AU - Walker, Neff

AU - Fain, W. Bradley

AU - Fisk, Arthur D.

AU - McGuire, Christy L.

PY - 1997/9

Y1 - 1997/9

N2 - We examined age-related effects on decision making in a task environment familiar to most younger and older adults. Participants made route-selection decisions in real time. Participants received information about traffic density and expected speed limits of main and alternative routes, from which they determined the optimality of their present route versus alternative routes. The experiment evaluated the effects of information type, amount of congestion, alternative route speed limit, and age on speed and quality of decision making. Measures of optimal route selection revealed main effects of alternative route speed limit, congestion level, and message type, but there was not a main effect of age, and age did not interact with any variable. In terms of decision speed (but not quality of decision making), older participants were slower, and age interacted with alternative route speed and with message type. The data are interpreted in relation to previous data examining everyday problem solving and aging.

AB - We examined age-related effects on decision making in a task environment familiar to most younger and older adults. Participants made route-selection decisions in real time. Participants received information about traffic density and expected speed limits of main and alternative routes, from which they determined the optimality of their present route versus alternative routes. The experiment evaluated the effects of information type, amount of congestion, alternative route speed limit, and age on speed and quality of decision making. Measures of optimal route selection revealed main effects of alternative route speed limit, congestion level, and message type, but there was not a main effect of age, and age did not interact with any variable. In terms of decision speed (but not quality of decision making), older participants were slower, and age interacted with alternative route speed and with message type. The data are interpreted in relation to previous data examining everyday problem solving and aging.

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?scp=0031428244&partnerID=8YFLogxK

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/citedby.url?scp=0031428244&partnerID=8YFLogxK

U2 - 10.1518/001872097778827188

DO - 10.1518/001872097778827188

M3 - Article

C2 - 9394636

AN - SCOPUS:0031428244

VL - 39

SP - 438

EP - 444

JO - Human Factors

JF - Human Factors

SN - 0018-7208

IS - 3

ER -