Brief Report  |   January 2017
Interactive Tools for Measuring Visual Scanning Performance and Reaction Time
Author Affiliations
  • Johnell Brooks, PhD, is Associate Professor, Department of Automotive Engineering, Clemson University International Center for Automotive Research, Greenville, SC; jobrook@clemson.edu
  • Julia Seeanner, MS; Casey Jenkins; and Michael Anderson are Research Assistants, Clemson University International Center for Automotive Research, Greenville, SC
  • Sarah Hennessy and Constance Truesdail, MEd, are Research Coordinators, Roger C. Peace Rehabilitation Hospital, Greenville Health System, Greenville, SC
  • Joseph Manganelli, PhD, and Matthew Crisler, PhD, are Postdocs, Clemson University International Center for Automotive Research, Greenville, SC
  • Patrick Rosopa, PhD, is Associate Professor, Department of Psychology, Clemson University, Clemson, SC
  • Nathalie Drouin, OTR/L, CDI, CDRS, is Occupational Therapist, Outpatient Therapy, Roger C. Peace Rehabilitation Hospital, Greenville Health System, Greenville, SC
  • Leah Belle, OTR/L, CDI, CDRS, is Driver Rehabilitation Program Coordinator, Roger C. Peace Rehabilitation Hospital, Greenville Health System, Greenville, SC
  • Stephanie Tanner, MS, is Manager for Clinical Trials Research, Department of Orthopedics and Neurosurgery, Greenville Health System, Greenville, SC
Article Information
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Brief Report   |   January 2017
Interactive Tools for Measuring Visual Scanning Performance and Reaction Time
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, January 2017, Vol. 71, 7102350010p1-20102350020p6. doi:10.5014/ajot.2017.020461
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, January 2017, Vol. 71, 7102350010p1-20102350020p6. doi:10.5014/ajot.2017.020461
Abstract

Occupational therapists are constantly searching for engaging, high-technology interactive tasks that provide immediate feedback to evaluate and train clients with visual scanning deficits. This study examined the relationship between two tools: the VISION COACH™ interactive light board and the Functional Object Detection© (FOD) Advanced driving simulator scenario. Fifty-four healthy drivers, ages 21–66 yr, were divided into three age groups. Participants performed braking response and visual target (E) detection tasks of the FOD Advanced driving scenario, followed by two sets of three trials using the VISION COACH Full Field 60 task. Results showed no significant effect of age on FOD Advanced performance but a significant effect of age on VISION COACH performance. Correlations showed that participants’ performance on both braking and E detection tasks were significantly positively correlated with performance on the VISION COACH (.37 < r < .40, p < .01). These tools provide new options for therapists.