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Distinguished Faculty Seminar: The Next Big Leap in Teen Driver Safety

March 18, 2015 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm
Sponsor: U-M Injury Center

The U-M Injury Center is hosting Robert Foss, PhD, of the University of North Carolina on March 18 as part of its distinguished faculty seminar series. Foss is director of the Center for the Study of Young Drivers and a senior research scientist at the University of North Carolina Highway Safety Research Center. The title of his presentation is "The Next Big Leap in Teen Driver Safety: Helping Novices Know How To Do What We Do without Knowing."

The event will take place at the U-M School of Public Health-I, Room 1690, 1415 Washington Heights, Ann Arbor. To register for the event, see Injury Center distinguished faculty seminar series.

Most efforts to reduce motor vehicle injuries among teenagers have limited success at best. The only notable exception – led by scientists at Michigan and North Carolina – resulted from drawing on well-established scientific understanding to guide a dramatic revision of young driver licensing policy. This lecture will focus on how continuing to apply theoretical understanding of critical human phenomena from multiple disciplines will be required to improve what novice drivers learn and the rate at which they do so. This approach will differ substantially from how new drivers have traditionally been trained in the U.S.  It will be shaped by combining insights gained from newly developed abilities to directly observe and measure driver behavior with current knowledge about learning, cognition, memory, and decision-making. Video of adolescent drivers and their parents, obtained using in-vehicle cameras, will be used to illustrate key points.