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Handbook of Traffic Psychology

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.


Libraries, researchers, and applied practitioners in traffic psychology.

Hardbound, 536 Pages

Published: July 2011

Imprint: Academic Press

ISBN: 978-0-12-381984-0


  • "Overall, I was impressed by the breadth of coverage of Handbook of Traffic Psychology as well as the inclusion and representation of several international sources. Although there are some chapters that are less comprehensive in scope, they all contribute to the overall effort. The editor should be commended for gathering an impressive list of authors who, in my opinion, adequately fulfilled his ambitious goals for the handbook."--PsycCritiques June 27, 2012, Vol. 57, Release 25, Article 8


  • Part One: Theories, Concepts, and Methods

    Chapter 1 - How Many E's in Road Safety?

    Chapter 2 - Driver Control Theory

    Chapter 3 - Case-Control Studies in Traffic Psychology

    Chapter 4 - Self-Report Instruments and Methods

    Chapter 5 - Naturalistic Observational Field Techniques for Traffic Psychology Research

    Chapter 6 - Naturalistic Driving Studies and Data Coding and Analysis Techniques

    Chapter 7 - Driving Simulators as Research Tools in Traffic Psychology

    Chapter 8 - Crash Data Sets and Analysis

    Part Two: Key Variables to Understand in Traffic Psychology

    Chapter 9 - Neuroscience and Young Drivers

    Chapter 10 - Neuroscience and Older Drivers

    Chapter 11 - Visual Attention While Driving

    Chapter 12 - Social, Personality, and Affective Constructs in Driving

    Chapter 13 - Mental Health and Driving

    Chapter 14 - Person and Environment: Traffic Culture

    Chapter 15 - Human Factors and Ergonomics

    Part Three: Key Problem Behaviors

    Chapter 16 - Factors Influencing Safety Belt Use

    Chapter 17 - Alcohol-Impaired Driving

    Chapter 18 - Speed(ing)

    Chapter 19 - Running Traffic Controls

    Chapter 20 - Driver Distraction

    Chapter 21 - Driver Fatigue

    Part Four: Vulnerable and Problem Road Users

    Chapter 22 - Young Children and "Tweens"

    Chapter 23 - Young Drivers

    Chapter 24 - Older Drivers

    Chapter 25 - Pedestrians

    Chapter 26 - Bicyclists

    Chapter 27 - Motorcyclists

    Chapter 28 - Professional Drivers

    Part Five: Major Countermeasures to Reduce Risk

    Chapter 29 - Driver Education and Training

    Chapter 30 - Persuasion and Motivational Messaging

    Chapter 31 - Enforcement

    Part Six: Interdisciplinary Issues

    Chapter 32 - The Intersection of Road Traffic Safety and Public Health

    Chapter 33 - Public Policy

    Chapter 34 - Travel Mode Choice

    Chapter 35 - Road Use Behavior in Sub-Saharan Africa


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