Research into spatial cognitive ability and driving ability of older drivers

An opportunity to enhance her PhD research into the relationship between spatial cognitive ability and the driving behaviour of older drivers will be well served when Qian Sun takes up a Curtin Mobility Scholarship at the end of this year.

Qian will make use of the Curtin Scholarship to undertake an eight-week visit to the Wichita State University (WSU), USA, starting in December.

While there, Qian will be working in the Human Automation Interaction Laboratory in the Department of Psychology at WSU under the direction of Dr Jibo He.

“The laboratory is engaged in research into the driving safety of older adults,” said Qian.

“I’ll focus my efforts on developing methods for visual attention assessment in older drivers,” she added.

Curtin University awarded a small number of international mobility scholarships this year to Higher Degree by Research students. The purpose of the scholarship is to provide students the opportunity to enhance their research experience with a leading overseas university, while developing valuable international research collaborations.