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"Eyes On" Research in Drugged Driving

Staff Researcher, Rose Schmitt describes the role of eye tracking used during drugged driving research at the National Advanced Driving Simulator at the University of Iowa in Iowa City.

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[Rose Schmitt speaking]

"Alright participant, can you hear me alright?”

This is the control room for the NADS1 simulator, which is our big, motion-based simulator.

"Alright, what I am going to have you do is look straight ahead as if you are driving.”

I am primarily a research assistant and data coordinator here at the NADS and what that involves in contacting participants, making sure the studies are progressing, the way they are supposed to be, and keeping all the regulatory stuff on track.

"Can you shift in your seat to the left? Oh, your other left, sorry.”

Eye tracking is a way for us to make sure we know where participants are looking while they are in the drive. We will just take a snap shot and with the snap shot I go ahead, I make sure we have some key points marked, the corners of the eye, the corners of the mouth, those are the reference points for the camera. In this particular case, we have them doing distracting tasks we want to make sure they are looking at the proper locations for the tasks. So eye tracking is a way to make sure that we are accurately recording that information.

"Okay you can go ahead and relax. We are all done.”

Science is cool, and doing drug research is definitely a worthwhile pursuit and studies like this are exciting and give us the information we need to make public health choices.

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