Handbook of Traffic Psychology

1st Edition

Editors: Bryan Porter
Hardcover ISBN: 9780123819840
eBook ISBN: 9780123819857
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 11th July 2011
Page Count: 536
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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.

Key Features

  • 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


Libraries, researchers, and applied practitioners in traffic psychology.

Table of Contents


List of Contributors


Chapter 1. How Many E’s in Road Safety?

1. Introduction

2. Education

3. Enforcement

4. Engineering

5. Exposure

6. Examination of Competence and Fitness

7. Emergency Response

8. Evaluation

9. Conclusion

Chapter 2. Driver Control Theory

1. Introduction

2. The Task–Capability Interface Model

3. Task Difficulty Allostasis: Temporary Influences on Risk Threshold

4. Compliance

5. Risk Allostasis Theory

6. Alternative Conceptualizations of Driver Goals

Chapter 3. Case–Control Studies in Traffic Psychology

1. Introduction

2. Epidemiological Study Designs

3. Case–Control Studies

4. Conclusions

Chapter 4. Self-Report Instruments and Methods

1. Introduction

2. For What Kind of Traffic Research Can Self-Report be Used?

3. Self-Reports of Accidents, Near Accidents, and Mileage

4. Validity of Self-Reports of Driving

5. Conclusion

Chapter 5. Naturalistic Observational Field Techniques for Traffic Psychology Research

1. Introduction

2. Techniques

3. Applications in Traffic Psychology

4. How to Design A Community-Based Safety Belt Use Survey

5. Conclusions

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

1. Introduction

2. Traffic Conflict Technique

3. Philosophy of Large-Scale Instrumented Vehicle Studies

4. Life Cycle of Naturalistic Vehicle Studies

5. Conclusions

Chapter 7. Driving Simulators as Research Tools in Traffic Psychology

1. Introduction

2. What is a Driving Simulator?

3. Why Use a Driving Simulator?

4. To Move or Not

5. What Kind of Simulator to Use

6. How Valid are Driving Simu


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About the Editor

Bryan Porter

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).


"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