Traffic Psychology: An International Perspective


Dwight Hennessy (Editor)
State University of New York, College at Buffalo, NY

Series: Psychology Research Progress
BISAC: PSY031000

Traffic Psychology involves the scientific study of thoughts, feelings, and actions surrounding road user behavior, which includes the dynamic transaction between drivers, vehicles, physical surroundings, and social environment. Despite the fact that it is a relatively young sub-discipline of psychology, traffic psychology has begun to make a significant impact in academic, political policy, and public arenas. Driving is no longer seen as simply a means of transporting from point A to point B. Rather it is a dynamic, and constantly changing, life event that can impact immediate and long term physical, social, emotional and psychological well-being. This book discusses research from a broad spectrum of traffic psychology professionals from around the globe, with particular emphasis placed on topics with international impact.

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Table of Contents

Table of Contents


Author List

Part 1: Clinical

1. Out-of-Home Activity Patterns and the Consequences of Driving Retirement in Older Adults with Dementia
(David B. Carr, Marla Berg-Weger, Jami Dalchow, Nancy Morrow-Howell, & Tom Meuser)

2. Mental Illness, Drug Treatments and Fitness to Drive
(Carlos De las Cuevas)

3. Characteristics of Impaired Drivers Who Enter Substance Abuse Treatment
(Jane Carlisle Maxwell, James Freeman, & Jeremy Davey)

Part 2: Developmental

4. Keeping Your Child Safe on the Road: The Parental Factor in Adolescent Reckless Driving
(Orit Taubman – Ben-Ari)

5. Young Novice Drivers and the Development of Somatic Markers for Risk on the Road
(Neale Kinnear & Stephen G. Stradling)

6. Older Drivers’ Risky and Compensatory Driving: Development of a Safe Driving Workbook for Older Drivers
(Tsuneo Matsuura)
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Part 3: Cognitive

7. Gender Effects in Mobile Phone Distraction from Driving
(Julia D. Irwin, Eugene Chekaluk, & Louise Geaghan)
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8. Self-Regulation and Driving Behavior
(Ebru Burcu Doðan, Talib Rothengatter, Linda Steg, & Patricia Delhomme)

9. The Influence of Emotions on Driving Behavior
(Christelle Pêcher, Céline Lemercier, & Jean-Marie Cellier)

Part 4: Social

10. A Community-Based Program to Reduce Tailgating Behavior (Bryan E. Porter, Kristie L. Johnson, & Thomas D. Berry)

11. Name Discrimination of Potential Job Applicants: The Spillover of Commuter Stress and Modern Racist Attitudes
(Dwight A. Hennessy)

12. Understanding Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol in Turkey: An Application of the Theory of Planned Behavior
(Sonia Amado, Mehmet Koyuncu, & Gülin Kaça)

13. Leisure Powered Two Wheeler Use: Safety Implications of Riding as a Group Activity (
Paul S. Broughton & Linda Walker)

Part 5: Environmental

14. Driver Space Preference: Differences Across Age, Gender and Traffic Conditions
(Dwight A. Hennessy, Sara Howard, & Erin Carr)

15. Can Neighborhood Green Alleviate Traffic Stress? (Yan Song, Gilbert C. Gee, Yingling Fan, & David T. Takeuchi)

16. Does Driving Safety Culture Explain Discrepant Seat Belt Use Between St. Martin and St. Maarten? (Dwight A. Hennessy)

Part 6: Measurement

17. Questioning the Questionnaire: Assessing the External Validity of Paper-and-Pencil Measures of Driver Aggression
(Andrew R. McGarva)

18. Assessing Subjective Driving Skills: An Example of Development and Validation of a Self-Assessment Instrument
(Anna Wanglund)

Part 7: Human Factors/Engineering

19. Warnings and Instrument Design Layout
(Phillip Tretten & Anita Gärling)

20. Self Induced Speed Oscillation and Speed Production
(Matthias Wille)


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