Gaze-eccentricity effects on road position and steering

Wilson O. Readinger, Astros Chatziastros, Douglas W. Cunningham, Heinrich H. Bülthoff, James E. Cutting

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The effects of gaze eccentricity on the steering of an automobile were studied. Drivers performed an attention task while attempting to drive down the middle of a straight road in a simulation. Steering was biased in the direction of fixation, and deviation from the center of the road was proportional to the gaze direction until saturation at approximately 15° gaze-angle from straight ahead. This effect remains when the position of the head was controlled and a reverse-steering task was used. Furthermore, the effect was not dependent on speed but reversed when the forward movement of the driver was removed from the simulation. Thus, small deviations in a driver's gaze can lead to significant impairments of the ability to drive a straight course.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)247-258
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Experimental Psychology: Applied
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2002 Dec

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology


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