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Users’ performance with a riding trainer: The role of the social setting

A. Spagnolli, L. Gamberini, S. Furlan, L. Bertoli, A. Chalambalakis, R. Scottini, P. Turra (2009) Users’ performance with a riding trainer: The role of the social setting. Proceedings of CHItaly 2009, June 17-19, Rome, Italy.

ABSTRACT

The present work considers the training in risk perception carried out with a motorcycle simulator, the Honda Rider Trainer (henceforth HRT), and investigates the effect of the social setting on the trainees’ performance. Through preliminary pilot studies a general procedure and three different social settings are defined: (a) a standard one (one trainee, one instructor); (b) standard with an audience of two schoolmates; and (c) two trainees and one instructor. The results show that in a school environment and with a careful procedure, the users’actions are aligned with the training purpose, and no gender difference emerges in the performance; also, the addition of a small audience, or a parallel training does not modify the trainees’ ability to cope with risks.


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