Handbook of Traffic Psychology by Bryan E. Porter

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The Handbook of Traffic Psychology is a comprehensive manual to traffic psychology's issues, methods, populations, and countermeasures.  Representing an interdisciplinary perspective from psychology, engineering, political science, and public health, the book summarizes recent research findings in six key areas vital to traffic psychology.  With contributors representing 12 countries on five continents, the book explores 1) theories, concepts, and methods; 2) key variables to understand in traffic psychology; 3) key problem behaviors; 4) vulnerable and problem road users; 5) major countermeasures to reduce risk; and 6) interdisciplinary issues.

From distracted drivers to fatigue and impaired driving, the Handbook tells us what causes the most menace on the roads, how we cope with it as a society, and what more needs to be done.  The Handbook discusses how drivers cope with the demands of driving, from visual search patterns to human factor considerations, as well as how our personalities and neuroscience all play a role in reactions and behaviors.  Special attention is also given to those populations most at risk for harm on our roadways.

The Handbook is for serious scholars of the field as well as for those beginning its study.  It can be used for a graduate course on traffic psychology as well as a reference to researchers.

Special Features

Covers what methods are best to study what problems and how to conduct these methods in the fieldEncompasses both theory and real-world situations and how the theories are borne outContains interdisciplinary perspectives from psychology, engineering, political science, and public healthMaintains a global view with contributors from 12 countriesDiscusses factors that both provoke and assist driversIncludes research on problem drivers and enforcement and education solutions

Focuses specifically on traffic, as opposed to transportCovers 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 behaviorContents include how to conduct traffic research and how to analyze dataContributors 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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Published June 22, 2011 by Academic Press. 536 pages
Genres: Health, Fitness & Dieting, Professional & Technical. Non-fiction

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