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  • Testimonial van

    Master Traffic Psychology and sustained Mobility at the University of Groningen

    I have always been interested in transport and infrastructure. I always wondered why there are so many differences in the design of traffic junctions, motorways or entry ways between countries. Also, deaths on the road are still one of the leading causes of deaths in the world, which is somewhat strange because most of them are avoidable. By doing research we can find out how to make sure there will no longer be any accidents.

    Sluiten
  • Testimonial van

    Unifocus: What determines your speed

  • Testimonial van

    Unifocus: A forgiving cyclepath

  • Testimonial van Ritwik Swain

     I liked it that various aspects of psychology can be found in traffic psychology, from clinical to social

    I have always been interested in transport and infrastructure. I always wondered why there are so many differences in the design of traffic junctions, motorways or entry ways between countries. Also, deaths on the road are still one of the leading causes of deaths in the world, which is somewhat strange because most of them are avoidable. By doing research we can find out how to make sure there will no longer be any accidents.

    I was doing a Master in ‘Social and Organizational Psychology’ in Leiden, but when I found out that the University of Groningen was starting a Master in ‘Traffic Psychology’ I decided to follow the subject ‘Introduction in Traffic Psychology’ there.

    The subject gave a broad underpinning of the main themes of traffic psychology. I liked it that various aspects of psychology can be found in traffic psychology, from clinical to social. We had, for example, a lecture about how to judge whether people with Alzheimer’s are still capable of driving. You do not want to take away their licence when they are still capable because it reduces their mobility; on the other hand, you do not want to risk people’s lives by letting people on the road who are incapable. We also had courses about how to influence people’s behaviour, for example how to get people to wear seatbelts, to not drink while driving or to stick to the speed limit. We also looked at how you should design roads that are easy to drive or cycle on.

    Currently I am doing an internship at the Dutch Institution for Road Safety Research (SWOV). I am working on two research projects there, one about how vulnerable road users (pedestrians and cyclists) react to self-driving cars and the other one is a study on helmet wearing behaviour among cyclists in The Netherlands and other European countries.

    I cannot think of a better place to study traffic psychology than Groningen. All the knowledge and resources are there. Groningen is really famous in the traffic world, because it is the world cycling city and an example for the rest of the world in that area.

    Sluiten
    – Ritwik Swain
  • Testimonial van Tanja Nagel

    I really like the lectures and the professors. They're always well-prepared and great fun to listen to.

    I'm an exchange student from Jena in Germany. I'm studying here for one semester. I really wanted to come to the Netherlands because of the outstanding psychology research that is being done here. Also, unlike in some other countries, universities here offer a wide range of English-taught courses.

    Groningen appealed to me in particular because it seemed very much like Jena. Not too big a city, but very beautiful, and dynamic too, because of the many students who live here. The city has definitely met my expectations. I like it a lot!

    The same goes for the University of Groningen. My lecturer back in Jena told me that the workload here would be quite heavy. I have to do more reading here than at the University of Jena. But I don't mind, I actually enjoy it. The subject matter is very interesting and reading a lot really helps you get into the topics.

    I also really like the lectures and the professors. They're always well-prepared and are clearly comfortable in front of the class, which makes them great fun to listen to.

    The most interesting course unit I took here in Groningen was in Traffic Psychology. It was only attended by a few people, but the professor was great and the subject matter was fascinating. I would love to do something related to Traffic Psychology for my Master's placement, addressing questions like what distracts people when they're driving, and what can be done about it?

    I'm not quite sure what I want to do after my Master's. I think a traineeship would be a good start, maybe at a consulting firm, preferably a small one. But I'll be studying for at least another year, so luckily there's still time to figure it out.

    Sluiten
    – Tanja Nagel
  • Testimonial van Tessa Witteveen

    Stichting Bevordering Verkeerseducatie (SBV), an organization in Friesland.

    I work at Stichting Bevordering Verkeerseducatie (SBV), an organization in Friesland that aims to improve road safety by education. We provide courses and workshops to various target groups, all of which are about the behaviour of road users. Using WhatsApp on your bike, for instance, is a hot topic for the young, as are the use of alcohol and drugs in traffic.

    As a psychologist, I help develop the courses and measure their effectiveness.

    I started my career as a child neuropsychologist..

    Sluiten
    – Tessa Witteveen
  • Testimonial van Ilse Harms

    My work is about the development of Smart Mobility, devices that give support when participating in traffic, for example when driving.

    During my study in psychology I decided to specialize in traffic psychology. I liked that it was an applied field in which you could actually help people, without a daily dose of heavy personal drama. I think it is interesting that you can stimulate certain behaviour in people by organizing the environment in a certain way. People's behaviour in traffic is very dependent on the way a road is organized. When you make a road narrower, people will automatically drive slower..

    Sluiten
    – Ilse Harms
  • Testimonial van Matthijs Dicke

    Working as a traffic psychologist at Goudappel Coffeng, a consultancy bureau in the traffic and transportation field.

    When I studied Psychology the official Master's degree in 'Traffic Psychology' did not exist yet. I specialised in Experimental Psychology, which is about human behaviour. For example, about how people perceive and process information, and how much they can remember. You can apply this knowledge in traffic, as well.

    After my studies, I did a PhD. I examined the best ways to present  travel information along side the road. What are the best ways to make sure people see the information, understand it and make the right decision, all within three seconds while they are driving.


    After my PhD, I started working as a traffic psychologist at Goudappel Coffeng, a consultancy in the traffic and transportation field. Here I deal with specific problems in traffic and I try, by looking at human behaviour, to solve these problems. I also try to find ways to make people consider other ways of transportation than cars, so they do not end up in traffic jams.

    We are commissioned by, for example, local governments. It happens quite often that engineers build smart things, but forget that there are people who have to deal with their solutions. I make sure that the solutions of the engineers are also effective.

    I really like my job. It is an incredibly varied job, one day I make offers/tenders to secure assignments from clients and the other I am attending an expert session where I state what I think should be changed in a certain traffic situation. I regularly stand on a roundabout or drive on a motorway to see what makes it dangerous. I also work on programmes that stimulate people to take public transport or the bicycle instead of their car.

    There is a lot of work in this field, which became very important during the past five years. People are starting to find out that it is also very important to take a human factors perspective. I still use a lot from what I learned during my studies. I learned to set up and perform research very well. A lot of people complain that there is so much emphasis on statistics at the University of Groningen, but to be honest, I am very happy about that now.

    Sluiten
    – Matthijs Dicke
  • Testimonial van

    Master Traffic Psychology and sustained Mobility at the University of Groningen

    I have always been interested in transport and infrastructure. I always wondered why there are so many differences in the design of traffic junctions, motorways or entry ways between countries. Also, deaths on the road are still one of the leading causes of deaths in the world, which is somewhat strange because most of them are avoidable. By doing research we can find out how to make sure there will no longer be any accidents.

    Sluiten
  • Testimonial van

    Unifocus: What determines your speed

  • Testimonial van

    Unifocus: A forgiving cyclepath

  • Testimonial van Ritwik Swain

     I liked it that various aspects of psychology can be found in traffic psychology, from clinical to social

    I have always been interested in transport and infrastructure. I always wondered why there are so many differences in the design of traffic junctions, motorways or entry ways between countries. Also, deaths on the road are still one of the leading causes of deaths in the world, which is somewhat strange because most of them are avoidable. By doing research we can find out how to make sure there will no longer be any accidents.

    I was doing a Master in ‘Social and Organizational Psychology’ in Leiden, but when I found out that the University of Groningen was starting a Master in ‘Traffic Psychology’ I decided to follow the subject ‘Introduction in Traffic Psychology’ there.

    The subject gave a broad underpinning of the main themes of traffic psychology. I liked it that various aspects of psychology can be found in traffic psychology, from clinical to social. We had, for example, a lecture about how to judge whether people with Alzheimer’s are still capable of driving. You do not want to take away their licence when they are still capable because it reduces their mobility; on the other hand, you do not want to risk people’s lives by letting people on the road who are incapable. We also had courses about how to influence people’s behaviour, for example how to get people to wear seatbelts, to not drink while driving or to stick to the speed limit. We also looked at how you should design roads that are easy to drive or cycle on.

    Currently I am doing an internship at the Dutch Institution for Road Safety Research (SWOV). I am working on two research projects there, one about how vulnerable road users (pedestrians and cyclists) react to self-driving cars and the other one is a study on helmet wearing behaviour among cyclists in The Netherlands and other European countries.

    I cannot think of a better place to study traffic psychology than Groningen. All the knowledge and resources are there. Groningen is really famous in the traffic world, because it is the world cycling city and an example for the rest of the world in that area.

    Sluiten
    – Ritwik Swain
  • Testimonial van Tanja Nagel

    I really like the lectures and the professors. They're always well-prepared and great fun to listen to.

    I'm an exchange student from Jena in Germany. I'm studying here for one semester. I really wanted to come to the Netherlands because of the outstanding psychology research that is being done here. Also, unlike in some other countries, universities here offer a wide range of English-taught courses.

    Groningen appealed to me in particular because it seemed very much like Jena. Not too big a city, but very beautiful, and dynamic too, because of the many students who live here. The city has definitely met my expectations. I like it a lot!

    The same goes for the University of Groningen. My lecturer back in Jena told me that the workload here would be quite heavy. I have to do more reading here than at the University of Jena. But I don't mind, I actually enjoy it. The subject matter is very interesting and reading a lot really helps you get into the topics.

    I also really like the lectures and the professors. They're always well-prepared and are clearly comfortable in front of the class, which makes them great fun to listen to.

    The most interesting course unit I took here in Groningen was in Traffic Psychology. It was only attended by a few people, but the professor was great and the subject matter was fascinating. I would love to do something related to Traffic Psychology for my Master's placement, addressing questions like what distracts people when they're driving, and what can be done about it?

    I'm not quite sure what I want to do after my Master's. I think a traineeship would be a good start, maybe at a consulting firm, preferably a small one. But I'll be studying for at least another year, so luckily there's still time to figure it out.

    Sluiten
    – Tanja Nagel
  • Testimonial van Tessa Witteveen

    Stichting Bevordering Verkeerseducatie (SBV), an organization in Friesland.

    I work at Stichting Bevordering Verkeerseducatie (SBV), an organization in Friesland that aims to improve road safety by education. We provide courses and workshops to various target groups, all of which are about the behaviour of road users. Using WhatsApp on your bike, for instance, is a hot topic for the young, as are the use of alcohol and drugs in traffic.

    As a psychologist, I help develop the courses and measure their effectiveness.

    I started my career as a child neuropsychologist..

    Sluiten
    – Tessa Witteveen
  • Testimonial van Ilse Harms

    My work is about the development of Smart Mobility, devices that give support when participating in traffic, for example when driving.

    During my study in psychology I decided to specialize in traffic psychology. I liked that it was an applied field in which you could actually help people, without a daily dose of heavy personal drama. I think it is interesting that you can stimulate certain behaviour in people by organizing the environment in a certain way. People's behaviour in traffic is very dependent on the way a road is organized. When you make a road narrower, people will automatically drive slower..

    Sluiten
    – Ilse Harms
  • Testimonial van Matthijs Dicke

    Working as a traffic psychologist at Goudappel Coffeng, a consultancy bureau in the traffic and transportation field.

    When I studied Psychology the official Master's degree in 'Traffic Psychology' did not exist yet. I specialised in Experimental Psychology, which is about human behaviour. For example, about how people perceive and process information, and how much they can remember. You can apply this knowledge in traffic, as well.

    After my studies, I did a PhD. I examined the best ways to present  travel information along side the road. What are the best ways to make sure people see the information, understand it and make the right decision, all within three seconds while they are driving.


    After my PhD, I started working as a traffic psychologist at Goudappel Coffeng, a consultancy in the traffic and transportation field. Here I deal with specific problems in traffic and I try, by looking at human behaviour, to solve these problems. I also try to find ways to make people consider other ways of transportation than cars, so they do not end up in traffic jams.

    We are commissioned by, for example, local governments. It happens quite often that engineers build smart things, but forget that there are people who have to deal with their solutions. I make sure that the solutions of the engineers are also effective.

    I really like my job. It is an incredibly varied job, one day I make offers/tenders to secure assignments from clients and the other I am attending an expert session where I state what I think should be changed in a certain traffic situation. I regularly stand on a roundabout or drive on a motorway to see what makes it dangerous. I also work on programmes that stimulate people to take public transport or the bicycle instead of their car.

    There is a lot of work in this field, which became very important during the past five years. People are starting to find out that it is also very important to take a human factors perspective. I still use a lot from what I learned during my studies. I learned to set up and perform research very well. A lot of people complain that there is so much emphasis on statistics at the University of Groningen, but to be honest, I am very happy about that now.

    Sluiten
    – Matthijs Dicke
  • Testimonial van Tineke Hof

    Researcher in behaviour modification at TNO

    During my studies I specialized in two fields, Social Psychology and Work Psychology. I did my final research project at the Netherlands Organization for Applied Scientific Research (TNO). There I got the chance to apply both fields in practice.

    I examined the acceptance of the then very innovative ‘traffic jam assistant’ for in the car. It warns people before they run into a traffic jam and takes care of some of the driving tasks. I really liked it because I could put my psychological knowledge into practice and could make sure that new technology would be used and received in a good way by people.

    After this internship, I started working at Netherlands Organisation for applied scientific research (TNO) as a researcher in behaviour modification. I ended up at a department that focusses on examining and inventing new ways to change and influence people’s (travel) behaviour. We examine how, with the help of positive incentives, we could make sure that people would choose another means of transport in the city than the car, for example with the help of special applications.

    I still apply the knowledge I gained during my studies on a daily basis in my work. Not only because I research people’s behaviour in interaction with new technology, but also because I use the methods and skills that I learned during my studies. Making a research project become visible and real on the basis of a research question, a target audience and doing experiments are part of this.

    Traffic psychology is very dynamic, especially because in the past years there has been much more attention for the changing of people’s behaviour in traffic. When constructing a new infrastructure or developing new technology it is important to know which measures really change the behaviour of people. This means that there are a lot of job opportunities for traffic psychology students.

    Sluiten
    – Tineke Hof
  • Testimonial van

    Master Traffic Psychology and sustained Mobility at the University of Groningen

    I have always been interested in transport and infrastructure. I always wondered why there are so many differences in the design of traffic junctions, motorways or entry ways between countries. Also, deaths on the road are still one of the leading causes of deaths in the world, which is somewhat strange because most of them are avoidable. By doing research we can find out how to make sure there will no longer be any accidents.

    Sluiten
  • Testimonial van

    Unifocus: What determines your speed

  • Testimonial van

    Unifocus: A forgiving cyclepath

  • Testimonial van Ritwik Swain

     I liked it that various aspects of psychology can be found in traffic psychology, from clinical to social

    I have always been interested in transport and infrastructure. I always wondered why there are so many differences in the design of traffic junctions, motorways or entry ways between countries. Also, deaths on the road are still one of the leading causes of deaths in the world, which is somewhat strange because most of them are avoidable. By doing research we can find out how to make sure there will no longer be any accidents.

    I was doing a Master in ‘Social and Organizational Psychology’ in Leiden, but when I found out that the University of Groningen was starting a Master in ‘Traffic Psychology’ I decided to follow the subject ‘Introduction in Traffic Psychology’ there.

    The subject gave a broad underpinning of the main themes of traffic psychology. I liked it that various aspects of psychology can be found in traffic psychology, from clinical to social. We had, for example, a lecture about how to judge whether people with Alzheimer’s are still capable of driving. You do not want to take away their licence when they are still capable because it reduces their mobility; on the other hand, you do not want to risk people’s lives by letting people on the road who are incapable. We also had courses about how to influence people’s behaviour, for example how to get people to wear seatbelts, to not drink while driving or to stick to the speed limit. We also looked at how you should design roads that are easy to drive or cycle on.

    Currently I am doing an internship at the Dutch Institution for Road Safety Research (SWOV). I am working on two research projects there, one about how vulnerable road users (pedestrians and cyclists) react to self-driving cars and the other one is a study on helmet wearing behaviour among cyclists in The Netherlands and other European countries.

    I cannot think of a better place to study traffic psychology than Groningen. All the knowledge and resources are there. Groningen is really famous in the traffic world, because it is the world cycling city and an example for the rest of the world in that area.

    Sluiten
    – Ritwik Swain
  • Testimonial van Tanja Nagel

    I really like the lectures and the professors. They're always well-prepared and great fun to listen to.

    I'm an exchange student from Jena in Germany. I'm studying here for one semester. I really wanted to come to the Netherlands because of the outstanding psychology research that is being done here. Also, unlike in some other countries, universities here offer a wide range of English-taught courses.

    Groningen appealed to me in particular because it seemed very much like Jena. Not too big a city, but very beautiful, and dynamic too, because of the many students who live here. The city has definitely met my expectations. I like it a lot!

    The same goes for the University of Groningen. My lecturer back in Jena told me that the workload here would be quite heavy. I have to do more reading here than at the University of Jena. But I don't mind, I actually enjoy it. The subject matter is very interesting and reading a lot really helps you get into the topics.

    I also really like the lectures and the professors. They're always well-prepared and are clearly comfortable in front of the class, which makes them great fun to listen to.

    The most interesting course unit I took here in Groningen was in Traffic Psychology. It was only attended by a few people, but the professor was great and the subject matter was fascinating. I would love to do something related to Traffic Psychology for my Master's placement, addressing questions like what distracts people when they're driving, and what can be done about it?

    I'm not quite sure what I want to do after my Master's. I think a traineeship would be a good start, maybe at a consulting firm, preferably a small one. But I'll be studying for at least another year, so luckily there's still time to figure it out.

    Sluiten
    – Tanja Nagel
  • Testimonial van Tessa Witteveen

    Stichting Bevordering Verkeerseducatie (SBV), an organization in Friesland.

    I work at Stichting Bevordering Verkeerseducatie (SBV), an organization in Friesland that aims to improve road safety by education. We provide courses and workshops to various target groups, all of which are about the behaviour of road users. Using WhatsApp on your bike, for instance, is a hot topic for the young, as are the use of alcohol and drugs in traffic.

    As a psychologist, I help develop the courses and measure their effectiveness.

    I started my career as a child neuropsychologist..

    Sluiten
    – Tessa Witteveen
  • Testimonial van Ilse Harms

    My work is about the development of Smart Mobility, devices that give support when participating in traffic, for example when driving.

    During my study in psychology I decided to specialize in traffic psychology. I liked that it was an applied field in which you could actually help people, without a daily dose of heavy personal drama. I think it is interesting that you can stimulate certain behaviour in people by organizing the environment in a certain way. People's behaviour in traffic is very dependent on the way a road is organized. When you make a road narrower, people will automatically drive slower..

    Sluiten
    – Ilse Harms
  • Testimonial van Matthijs Dicke

    Working as a traffic psychologist at Goudappel Coffeng, a consultancy bureau in the traffic and transportation field.

    When I studied Psychology the official Master's degree in 'Traffic Psychology' did not exist yet. I specialised in Experimental Psychology, which is about human behaviour. For example, about how people perceive and process information, and how much they can remember. You can apply this knowledge in traffic, as well.

    After my studies, I did a PhD. I examined the best ways to present  travel information along side the road. What are the best ways to make sure people see the information, understand it and make the right decision, all within three seconds while they are driving.


    After my PhD, I started working as a traffic psychologist at Goudappel Coffeng, a consultancy in the traffic and transportation field. Here I deal with specific problems in traffic and I try, by looking at human behaviour, to solve these problems. I also try to find ways to make people consider other ways of transportation than cars, so they do not end up in traffic jams.

    We are commissioned by, for example, local governments. It happens quite often that engineers build smart things, but forget that there are people who have to deal with their solutions. I make sure that the solutions of the engineers are also effective.

    I really like my job. It is an incredibly varied job, one day I make offers/tenders to secure assignments from clients and the other I am attending an expert session where I state what I think should be changed in a certain traffic situation. I regularly stand on a roundabout or drive on a motorway to see what makes it dangerous. I also work on programmes that stimulate people to take public transport or the bicycle instead of their car.

    There is a lot of work in this field, which became very important during the past five years. People are starting to find out that it is also very important to take a human factors perspective. I still use a lot from what I learned during my studies. I learned to set up and perform research very well. A lot of people complain that there is so much emphasis on statistics at the University of Groningen, but to be honest, I am very happy about that now.

    Sluiten
    – Matthijs Dicke
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