Miami University

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Project: Braking Tester

Department: Kinesiology & Health

Primary Investigator: Dr. Bill Berg

Purpose: The apparatus is designed to simulate the postures and lower body movements involved in driving an automobile. It is equiped to measure response time (and its subcomponents of reaction time and movement time) and braking force in braking responses to the activation of a simulated brake lamp. The apparatus will be used to study the effect of cognitive and auditory distraction (such as that introducted by cell phone use or music listening) on braking performance.

IL Comment: Researcher brought concept to IL. IL designed auto simulation platform and electronics to provide set and variable light times and electronics to measure reaction time and pressure on brake pedal.

Cost to researcher: $689.76

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