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Wednesday, August 17 • 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Grand Test Auto: Designing Simulator Assessments of Game-based Mental Models of Automotive Safety Technology

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Drivers often have poor conceptual understanding of new driver safety systems, such as adaptive cruise control (ACC). Older drivers tend to be more willing to learn about these systems by reading manuals, but also struggle with learning the uses and limitations these safety systems. This study investigates the effect of different materials and modes of learning - tinkering with games, solving problem scenarios and reading direct instruction - on mental models of ACC and driving performance in a driving simulator. We designed written assessments to supplement the driving measures produced in the simulator in order to understand how different forms of instruction impact the ways older and younger drivers learn about ACC systems.

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Benjamin DeVane

Assistant Professor, University of Iowa
Identity & Learning Computational Thinking Design & Aesthetics
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Ben Miller

Graduate Student Researcher, The University of Iowa
I love games and digital media that can be used to teach, explore, and refocus children in healthcare settings. I am working on my PhD in Educational Psychology and my research interests are focused on investigating how to best utilize frameworks of learning theory and media engagement... Read More →
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Joyce Moore

Iowa City, Iowa, United States, University of Iowa
Dr. Joyce Moore is an associate professor in the Educational Psychology program in Psychological and Quantitative Foundations Department at the University of Iowa. She earned her Ph.D. in Educational Psychology from Stanford University in 1993. She has expertise in the areas of cognition... Read More →

Ethan Valentine

Iowa City, Iowa, United States, University of Iowa

Wednesday August 17, 2016 5:00pm - 7:00pm CDT
Varsity Hall Union South

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