Understanding the role of inattentional blindness in motorcyclists’ LBFTS crashes
Keywords: Driver Psychology, Distraction & Inattention, Motorcyclists
Submission Date: 2019
There is a growing body of evidence which suggests that the psychological mechanism which leads to a ‘Look-But-Fail-To-See’ (LBFTS) crash, where a driver looks but fails to perceive and act appropriately, could be through Inattentional Blindness (IB). IB occurs when attention is directed to particular objects or tasks, leading to failures to perceive an unexpected object, even if it appears in the middle of the visual scene (Mack & Rock, 1998). Extending on previous work by Prabhakharan & Chapman (2016), the present study aimed to further examine how ‘attentional sets’, might play a role in LBFTS crashes with motorcyclists.