The Handbook of Traffic Psychology covers all key areas of research in this field including theory, applications, methodology and analyses, variables that affect traffic, driver problem behaviors, and countermeasures to reduce risk on roadways. Comprehensive in scope, the methodology section includes case-control studies, self-report instruments and methods, field methods and naturalistic observational techniques, instrumented vehicles and in-car recording techniques, modeling and simulation methods, in vivo methods, clinical assessment, and crash datasets and analyses. Experienced researchers will better understand what methods are most useful for what kinds of studies and students can better understand the myriad of techniques used in this discipline.
- Focuses specifically on traffic, as opposed to transport
- Covers all key areas of research in traffic psychology including theory, applications, methodology and analyses, variables that affect traffic, driver problem behaviors, and countermeasures to reduce the risk of variables and behavior
- Contents include how to conduct traffic research and how to analyze data
- Contributors come from more than 10 countries, including US, UK, Japan, Netherlands, Ireland, Switzerland, Mexico, Australia, Canada, Turkey, France, Finland, Norway, Israel, and South Africa
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Part One: Theories, Concepts, and Methods
How Many E's in Road Safety?
Driver Control Theory
Case-Control Studies in Traffic Psychology
Self-Report Instruments and Methods
Naturalistic Observational Field Techniques for Traffic Psychology Research
Naturalistic Driving Studies and Data Coding and Analysis Techniques
Driving Simulators as Research Tools in Traffic Psychology
Crash Data Sets and Analysis
Part Two: Key Variables to Understand in Traffic Psychology
Neuroscience and Young Drivers
Neuroscience and Older Drivers
Visual Attention While Driving
Social, Personality, and Affective Constructs in Driving
Mental Health and Driving
Person and Environment: Traffic Culture
Human Factors and Ergonomics
Part Three: Key Problem Behaviors
Factors Influencing Safety Belt Use
Running Traffic Controls
Part Four: Vulnerable and Problem Road Users
Young Children and "Tweens"
Part Five: Major Countermeasures to Reduce Risk
Driver Education and Training
Persuasion and Motivational Messaging
Part Six: Interdisciplinary Issues
The Intersection of Road Traffic Safety and Public Health
Travel Mode Choice
Road Use Behavior in Sub-Saharan Africa
Bryan Porter is Professor of Psychology at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia. His work examines psychology's role in solving community problems, where he regularly involves government, media, engineering, and law enforcement partners in his work. His research areas include driving safety, public health and safety, and large-scale behavioral interventions. He is Co-Editor-in-Chief of Transportation Research Part F: Traffic Psychology and Behaviour (Elsevier) and editor of Handbook of Traffic Psychology (Elsevier, 2011).