Driving Scenes test of the Neuropsychological Assessment Battery (NAB) and on-road driving performance in aging and very mild dementia

Laura B. Brown, Robert A. Stern, Deborah Cahn-Weiner, Brooke Rogers, Melissa A. Messer, Margaret C. Lannon, Charleen Maxwell, Timothy Souza, Travis White, Brian R. Ott

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Abstract

The Driving Scenes test of the new Neuropsychological Assessment Battery (NAB; [Stern, R.A., & White, T. (2003a). Neuropsychological Assessment Battery. Lutz, FL: Psychological Assessment Resources, Inc.]) measures several aspects of visual attention thought to be important for driving ability. The current study examined the relationship between scores on the Driving Scenes test and on-road driving performance on a standardized driving test. Healthy participants performed significantly better on the Driving Scenes test than did very mildly demented participants. A correlation of 0.55 was found between the brief, office-based Driving Scenes test and the 108-point on-road driving score. Furthermore, the Driving Scenes test scores differed significantly across the driving instructor's three global ratings (safe, marginal, and unsafe), and results of a discriminant function analysis indicated that the Driving Scenes test correctly classified 66% of participants into these groups. Thus, the new NAB Driving Scenes test appears to have good ecological validity for real-world driving ability in normal and very mildly demented older adults.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)209-215
Number of pages7
JournalArchives of Clinical Neuropsychology
Volume20
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2005
Externally publishedYes

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Keywords

  • Aging
  • Attention
  • Dementia
  • Driving
  • Neuropsychology
  • Visual

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuropsychology and Physiological Psychology
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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