HPL News Stories and Media Coverage


Handbook of Driving Simulation for Engineering, Medicine, and Psychology
RELEASED APRIL 2011
Director of the Arbella Human Performance Laboratory, Dr. Donald Fisher, is the lead editor of this comprehensive guide to driving simulator research. The other editors are Matthew Rizzo of the University of Iowa, Jeffrey Caird of the University of Calgary, and John D. Lee of the University of Wisconsin. Over 100 researchers, from the US, Canada, and Europe, involved in various areas of simulator research contributed to the Handbook.
The Handbook is published by CRC Press.

Handbook of Driving Simulation web site
The web site contains Table of Contents, abstracts of each chapter, and web-only companion materials for the book.

Arbella Insurance's Distractology 101 program for teen drivers.HPL researchers helped developed this program.
Arbella Distractology 101 Web Site

Daily Hampshire Gazette story on Distractology 101 coming to Northampton High School (Aug 1, 2011)

Boston Globe story on Distractology (Apr 21, 2010)
Today Show piece on Distractology (Apr 30, 2010)
Boston TV WCVB story on Distractology (Apr 22, 2010)
Consumer Report story on Distractology (April 2010)
Marketwire Press release on Distractology (April 2010)
UMass Press Release for Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for Arbella Insurance Human Performance Laboratory. (Dec 6, 2010)

HPL research on Distracted Driving featured on ABC Nightly News.
(Sept 17, 2008)
Link to video. Link to story text.

HPL research on Teen Drivers featured on the American Public Television Program "Parents and Teens Behind the Wheel (Sept 2008)
Link to program. Program was broadcast on various APTV affiliates during the month


Local CBS news (Channel 22), an extended interview with Dr. Fisher and Sergeant John Delaney of the Springfield Police Department, on texting while driving and the new Massachusetts no-texting law (July 18, 2010)
(the video of the interview is in 3 parts on the web site).
Local Public radio (WFCR) interview with Dr. Knodler and Dr. Romoser on older drivers (June 6, 2009)
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Local CBS news (Channel 22), training for older Drivers (Nov 30, 2010)

Springfield Republican, texting while driving ban (Sept 25, 2010)

Local CBS news (Channel 22), teens and distracted driving (Aug 3, 2010)

Liberty Mutual Group Press Release announcing HPL winning award for best paper in Ergonomics in 2009 (May 13, 2010)

Boston Globe, Attention Maintenance 101 (Apr 21, 2010)

Applied Science Laboratories, HPL eye-tracking research featured on ASL's web site (2010)

Daily Hampshire Gazette, texting while driving (Mar 18, 2010)

UMass News Office Press Release, HPL research on the dangers of texting while driving (Mar 11, 2010)

Local CBS news (Channel 22), older drivers (Dec 3, 2009)
Springfield Republican, texting and distractions while driving (Oct 5, 2009)

Daily Hampshire Gazette, Dr. Fisher and Dr. Romoser featured in a story about the dangers of texting while driving (Sept 25, 2009)

Springfield Republican, older drivers training (Aug 25, 2009)

Daily Hampshire Gazette, older driver training (August 22, 2009)
UMass News Office Press Release, HPL research on older drivers (Aug 18, 2009)

Insurance Journal piece, older driver crashes (Aug 18, 2009)

Local ABC-40/FOX-6, texting while driving (June 11, 2009)

Daily Star, United Kingdom, Dr. Fisher cited in story about dangers of ipod use while driving (Oct 9, 2008)

Boston Globe, cell phone coverage in the Big Dig (Nov 1, 2008)

Boston Globe, hazards of Ipod use while driving (Oct 5, 2008)

Boston WBZ-TV, distracted driving and cell phone use (Feb 21, 2008)

Springfield Republican, News Article about the RAPT training program (Feb 10, 2008)

UMass News Office Press Release, HPL Novice Driver training (Jan 29, 2008)

Springfield Republican, older drivers (Jan 6, 2008)

Springfield Republican, pedestrian-driver interactions at midblock crosswalks (Dec 25, 2006)

Springfield Republican, driver training, (March 15, 2006)
Radio interview (WNYC), the HPL's Big Dig research (Jan 31, 2003)
UMass News Office Press Release, HPL Novice Driver research (Nov 15, 2002)