Specific attention disorders in drivers with traumatic brain injury
Brain Injury
27 (5): 538-547
Masson M.
Michael G.A.
Desert J.F.
Rhein F.
Foubert L.
Colliot P.

OBJECTIVE: To highlight the impact of the increasing attentional load on performance of both normal drivers and drivers with traumatic brain injury. 

BACKGROUND: Patients with brain injury have a higher accident risk than people with no brain injury [1], probably as a result of persistent attention disorders. 

METHOD: Ten patients and 10 paired controls took part in a computerized selective attention task involving specific attentional processes. They were asked to monitor a speedometer and to ignore sudden changes in the surrounding environment in three separate experimental situations involving different attentional load. 

RESULTS: Although, in the control situation, patients' results were equivalent to controls', they displayed specific disorders in more complex situations where the attentional load increased. 

CONCLUSION: These difficulties may have a negative impact on real driving situations.