Enhancing Emotion Regulation during Driving in OEF/OIF Veterans
Annual rept. 27 Sep 2010-26 Sep 2011
PALO ALTO INSTITUTE FOR RESEARCH AND EDUCATION INC CA
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The proposed project aims to develop and test an intensive rehabilitative technology aimed at enhancing emotion regulation and reducing operator-related risk during civilian driving in OEFOIF returnees burdened by severe driving-related distress and disability. This in-car technology will have two main components. The first is a system for measuring driving behavior accelerator and steering wheel movements, lateral and longitudinal vehicle accelerations, visual attentional control, and autonomic arousal during actual driving. The second is a cognitive-behavioral intervention combining breathing retrainingheart rate variability biofeedback and cognitive reappraisal. Both components are compatible with on-road driving assessments currently performed by certified driving rehabilitation specialists CDRS at the VA Palo Alto Health Care System VAPAHCS on neurologically intact patients and those with mildto- moderate non-focal traumatic brain injury.
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