There are two main research areas where we have experts:
1. Experimental research
Experimental research is on cognitive load, for example on the effects of operating devices such as smartphones while driving or cycling, on behavioural adaptation to support systems (not only for drivers but also for cyclists) and automated driving.
2. Research focussed on Fitness to Drive
Fitness to drive is on assessment of driving with mild cognitive impairment, such as the early phases of Alzheimer’s disease. Research with visually impaired cyclists and drivers also takes place in close cooperation with Visio.
The Traffic Psychology staff works together and has close contacts with TNO Human Factors (Soesterberg), NLR Dutch aerospace, Visio, several consultancies (Goudappel, Royal HaskoningDHV). Abroad: SRH Hospital Karlsbad, Germany; University of Regensburg, Germany; ITS University of Leeds, UK; German Aerospace Center – DLR, Germany; Swedish National Road and Transport Research Institute – VTI, Sweden; Centro Ricerche Fiat, Italy; University of Tsukuba, Japan, Japan Automobile Research Institute, and many many more. It is possible to complete your master's thesis work there.
Dick de Waard; areas: mental workload, cycling
Anselm Fürmaier; areas: fitness to drive of people with cognitive impairments
Arjan Stuiver; areas: driving simulator research
Janet Veldstra; areas: drugs & driving
Frank Westerhuis; areas: cycling behaviour
Blogs from our group on Mindwise ("Showcasing the work from the Psychology Department in Groningen"):
With dementia, when is it time to stop driving? (Dafne Piersma)
Do we ‘know’ what other cyclists are about to do? (Frank Westerhuis)
Healthy ageing with safe mobility (Dick de Waard)
Are all cyclists on a night out drunk? (Dick de Waard)
Drive safe and save money (Chris Dijksterhuis)
To whatsapp or to cycle, but not both I hope! (Karel Brookhuis)
Find out more here: www.trafficpsychologygroningen.info