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Researchers from University of Groningen Detail New Studies and Findings in the Area of Transportation Technology

February 11, 2014

By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Journal of Technology -- Research findings on Transportation Technology are discussed in a new report. According to news originating from Groningen, Netherlands , by VerticalNews correspondents, research stated, "In the current study, we aimed at exploring the influence of music on driving performance, arousal and mental effort while carrying out a monotonous car-following task in a low-complexity traffic setting. Participants (N = 47) were randomly assigned to loud and moderate volume music groups, and completed one drive in the simulator with music and another drive without music (control condition)." Our news journalists obtained a quote from the research from the University of Groningen , "In addition, during both of the drives we monitored driving performance and recorded participants' heart rate to track physiological indications of arousal and mental effort. Results revealed that listening to music had no effect on accuracy of car-following, and even had a positive effect on response latencies to speed changes of the lead vehicle and on lateral control. Importantly, arousal was higher in the presence than absence of music irrespective of the volume level, suggesting that loud volume music was not more arousing than moderate volume music. In addition, mental effort, which was inferred from the physiological measurement of heart-rate variability, did not differ in conditions with and without music." According to the news editors, the research concluded: "These findings indicate that listening to music does not impair performance in a monotonous car-following task, and might even improve some aspects of performance as a result of increased arousal." For more information on this research see: Driving with music: Effects on arousal and performance. Transportation Research Part F-Traffic Psychology and Behaviour , 2013;21():52-65. Transportation Research Part F-Traffic Psychology and Behaviour can be contacted at: Elsevier Sci Ltd , The Boulevard, Langford Lane , Kidlington, Oxford OX5 1GB, Oxon, England . The news correspondents report that additional information may be obtained from A.B. Unal , University of Groningen , Fac Behav & Social Sci, NL -9700 AB Groningen, Netherlands . Additional authors for this research include D. de Waard , K. Epstude and L. Steg . Keywords for this news article include: Europe , Groningen, Netherlands , Transportation Technology Our reports deliver fact-based news of research and discoveries from around the world. Copyright 2014, NewsRx LLC


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