Elementary School-aged Pedestrian Study

Using a Virtual Reality context to Study Child Pedestrian Behaviors

Dr. Morrongiello (Psychology Dept, University of Guelph), Dr. Nadie Schuurman (Geographaphy, Simon Fraser University) and Dr. Brent Hagel (Dept of Paediatrics and Community Health Sciences, University of Calgary) aim to implement a Virtual Reality Lab to examine built features of the child pedestrian environment, perceptual-cognitive factors, and the interaction between built and perceptual-cognitive factors as determinants of child pedestrian injury. Based on these findings, the team will then develop and evaluate different training programs to teach children safe street crossing strategies using the VR system and will determine if the same level of results can be achieved by a partly-immersive virtual reality system that is portable and could be taken to schools.

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