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Driving skills of individuals with and without Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD/Dyspraxia)

Gentle, J., Brady, D., Woodger, N., Croston, S. and Leonard, H. C. (2021) Driving skills of individuals with and without Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD/Dyspraxia). Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 15. 635649. ISSN 1662-5161

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Learning to drive is a significant event for the transition to adulthood and delay or avoidance may have social, practical, and psychological implications. For those with Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD/Dyspraxia), driving presents a considerable challenge, and the literature shows that there are differences in driving ability between individuals with and without DCD. The aim of the current research is to further our understanding of the mechanisms underlying the driving experiences of individuals with DCD. Nineteen participants with DCD (10 drivers and 9 non-drivers) and 36 controls (17 drivers and 19 non-drivers) aged 18–57 years took part in this study. Participants completed standardized tests, questionnaires and a driving simulation task designed to measure speed, road positioning, and rate of change of steering in three conditions with increasing perceptual complexity. Results indicate that behaviors for all participants changed as the perceptual demands of the task increased. However, drivers with DCD were more affected than all other groups, driving more slowly, and driving further to the right. These findings illustrate how the impact of both internal and external constraints negatively affect the success of the driving task for individuals with DCD compared to their TD peers.

Item Type:Article
Divisions:Life Sciences > School of Psychology and Clinical Language Sciences > Department of Psychology
ID Code:97004
Uncontrolled Keywords:Neuroscience, developmental coordination disorder/dyspraxia, driving, motor coordination, perception, experience, real-world skills
Publisher:Frontiers Media S. A.

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