Study of Driver fatigue

Task and Sleep Related contributors to driver fatigue (HC16988)

Researchers at UNSW Australia (The University of New South Wales) are seeking volunteer research participants to learn about the effects of alertness on long distance driving.
Would the research study be a good fit for me?
The study might be a good fit for you if:
  • You are aged from 18 to 65
  • Have a driver's licence (not a learner's permit)
  • Usually sleep at night and are awake during the day (e.g., not a night-shift worker)
  • Do not have a diagnosed sleep condition (e.g., Obstructive Sleep Apnoea)
  • You can change the amount of sleep you get on the night before Day 2
  • You can avoid driving or operating machinery on the second day of participation
  • Can travel to UNSW without driving yourself (e.g., walk, bus, driven by another person)
What would happen if I took part in the research study?
If you decide to take part you would:
  • Come to our laboratory at UNSW Kensington campus on 2 consecutive weekdays
  • Day 1 (1 hour): Fill in background and sleep related questionnaires, get fitted with an EEG, complete a 30-minute practice drive in a desk-based driving simulator
  • Day 2 (2.5 hours): Get fitted with an EEG, complete a 2-hour drive of the simulator, complete a questionnaire related to your experience
  • Change the amount of sleep you get on the night before Day 2
What is an EEG?
Electroencephalography (or EEG) is a painless, non-invasive technique for measuring brain activity.
The system we use involves placing 9 electrodes on your head, held in place by a Velcro headband. A small amount of gel is used on each electrode to create a good connection between the device and your scalp.
PLEASE NOTE: While the gel is fragrance-free, is non-staining to skin or clothes, and will wipe off, you may nonetheless wish to wash your hair after the experiment as it can leave your hair feeling a little dirty. For the same reason, you may not want to participate directly before going out (e.g., to an interview, for a presentation, or on a date). If you would like more information, or if you would like to see the equipment before signing up, please contact Rainer (contact details below).
The system also includes two electrodes that will be stuck behind your ears.
Here are some images of the device in use:

Will I be paid to take part in the research study?
You will receive a $50 Coles/Myer voucher as a reimbursement for taking part in the research study.
Who do I contact if I want more information or want to take part in the study?
For more information, please email Mr Rainer Zeller:
If you would like to view the information and consent form, please click here.
If you would like to sign up, please click here to take the screening questionnaire and to book a time for participation.