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Research Student:

Md Eaysir Arafat, School of Psychology and Counselling, QUT

What is the purpose of this research?

This research project is being undertaken as part of a Masters study for Md Eaysir Arafat. This project aims to evaluate the suitability of interventions (i.e., which type of intervention techniques can be implemented in the real world based on participants' perception and experimental data) for mobile phone distracted pedestrians at signalised road intersections.

This laboratory-based study will find out the effects of the interventions, for example, do the intervention techniques prevent entering the intersection illegally or delaying start crossing at signalised intersections. This study will assess the reaction time and acceptability of in-ground flashing lights and phone app-based intervention techniques by evaluating experimental and questionnaire data while completing a visual task on a mobile phone. These insights may help us to understand the safety benefits of such interventions and may result in deployment in the field.

Are you looking for people like me?

The research team is inviting people who:

  • are between 18 and 35 years of age
  • are contactable via mobile and/or email.

You are not eligible for this study if:

  • you suffer from motion sickness, migraines, or vertigo, you may be at more risk of experiencing simulator sickness
  • you suffer from motion sickness when using a VR (Virtual Reality) headset
  • you have been diagnosed with epilepsy.

Your participation in the study will be done in person in a QUT Kelvin Grove laboratory and will take up to 2 hours of your time.

What will you ask me to do?

You need to arrive at the laboratory on your pre-booked date and time. You will first be informed about the study and will be asked to sign a consent form to take part in the study. Then you will sit on a chair, and you will be equipped with Oculus rift VR goggles with its controller. You will be requested to control a virtual character to navigate a city environment, including crossing road intersections while performing a visual distraction task on a mobile phone.

You will perform this task three times in various conditions (with and without the trialled interventions). A Ten-minutes break will provide between each scenario, and during this time, you will be asked to complete a questionnaire.

Survey questions will include:

  • how often do you use your mobile phone while crossing the intersection?
  • how often do you use your mobile phone for texting or browsing while crossing the intersection?
  • how effectively do interventions alert to start road crossing safely while using a mobile phone?
  • how satisfied are you with the interventions (in-ground flashing light and phone screen colour change)?

Your participation in this research project is entirely voluntary. If you do agree to participate, you can withdraw from the research project without comment or penalty. Your decision to participate or not participate will in no way impact your current or future relationship with QUT (for example, your grades).

Are there any risks for me in taking part?

There are minimal risks associated with your participation in this research project. You may feel some discomfort with using the VR headset.

The research team has identified the following possible risks to participating in this study:

  • In some cases, you can feel motion sickness or dizziness due to the use of the VR headset. To overcome such a problem, five minutes of break will be provided every 30 minutes.

Please note individual feedback obtained through the study will not be published. You may choose not to answer any question you feel uncomfortable about or withdraw from the study without penalty.

Are there any benefits for me in taking part?

It is expected that this research project will not benefit you directly. However, it may benefit others in the future.  We hope that the results of this study will lead to a better understanding of the comparative benefits of each type of intervention technique for mobile phone distracted pedestrians. It will also help policymakers implement a suitable intervention in the signalised intersection to reduce crashes.

Will I be compensated for my time?

You will receive a $50 gift card after the data collection to compensate you for your contribution. Apart from that, you may feel proud to participate in such a road safety research project. If for any reason, you cannot complete the data collection, you will receive a $10 gift card. As well as, you have the opportunity to know about project outcomes and findings when the project will finish.

I am interested - what should I do next?

If you are interested in participating in this study, don't hesitate to contact one of the researchers for details of the next step. As well as, if you have any questions or require further information, please get in touch with one of the listed researchers:

QUT Ethics Number: 4852