Speed of information processing is a major obstacle to driving after severe traumatic brain injury

One of the major obstacles preventing traumatic brain injury (TBI) sufferers from driving again is speed of information processing.  This conclusion was recently confirmed by a study published in a recent issue of Neuropsychological Rehabilitation by researchers in the School of Psychology at the CIRRIS et at the CERVO research centre, the new name of the Centre de recherche de l’Institut universitaire en santé mentale de Québec.

Each year, between 4 000 and 8 000 Quebecers suffer a moderate to severe TBI. Cognitive deficits that persist after the rehabilitation period explains in great part why only half of them are able to drive a car after the event, says the first author of the study, Simon Beaulieu-Bonneau. Driving a car is a harder cognitive task than it appears at first glance.  The brain must partition its attention on many tasks, compile a significant amount of data, sort through those that are important to driving and quickly analyse this information to allow decision making.(...)  

Continue reading this story in an article in  Le Fil (in French only):

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Read the abstract of the article here:

Attention following traumatic brain injury: Neuropsychological and driving simulator data, and association with sleep, sleepiness, and fatigue,Beaulieu-Bonneau, Simon, Fortier-Brochu Émilie, Ivers Hans, and Morin Charles M. , Neuropsychological Rehabilitation, 2017/02/17, Volume 27, Issue 2, p.216 - 238, (2017)

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