Traffic Psychology and Sustained Mobility

Faculteit Gedrags- en MaatschappijWetenschappen
Jaar 2022/23
Vakcode PSMIN10
Vaknaam Traffic Psychology and Sustained Mobility
Niveau(s) bachelor
Voertaal Engels
Periode semester I a

Uitgebreide vaknaam Traffic Psychology and Sustained Mobility
Leerdoelen After the course the students have basic theoretical and practical knowledge about Traffic Psychology, including:
• Theories relevant for traffic psychology, including risk theories
• Behavioural adaptation to technology
• How to influence behaviour in traffic (e.g. reduce speeding)
• Mental workload in traffic: importance and assessment
• Behaviour and problems of vulnerable road users (such as cyclists)
• Human Factors and Ergonomics in traffic
• Influence of the environment on behaviour (e.g. the influence of road infrastructure on behaviour)
• Impact of intrinsic factors on mobility and safety, such as arousal, drowsiness, fatigue, perception, and personality Factors
• Clinical background and effects of medical conditions on mobility, such as psychiatric illness (e.g. phobia) or neurological disorders (e.g. dementia)
• Implications of reduced mobility for the individual, other road users, and society
• External factors influencing mobility and safety, such as legal (e.g. caffeine) or illegal drugs (e.g. THC)
Omschrijving This course has two central themes: 1. Behaviour in traffic and the effects of this behaviour on safety, and 2. Retention of mobility. Traffic psychology is rather broad in the sense that it covers issues such as drink driving, the influence of infrastructural measures on behaviour, and the risks of using electronic devices in traffic. Theories common in experimental, social, and neuropsychology are used to explain and predict this behaviour.
Examples of topics that will be dealt with are the role of mental workload in dealing with increased demands in and outside the vehicle, and the effectiveness of police enforcement, campaigns, and driver education. With regard to mobility, the importance of mobility for health is central. There are several factors that may interfere with the ability of being mobile in general and driving a car in particular. For example, intrinsic factors, such as arousal, fatigue, or visual perceptual skills, differ within and between individuals and have a substantial impact on multiple aspects of mobility. Moreover, severe medical conditions, including psychiatric illness (e.g. phobia) and neurological disorders (e.g. dementia) are associated with cognitive and emotional problems, and may reduce mobility and participation in traffic. In addition to intrinsic factors associated with the individual, there are also external factors that affect mobility and safety more temporarily, such as the use of legal and illegal drugs.
In this course students will acquire basic knowledge about traffic psychology and learn about the importance of mobility and factors influencing it.
Uren per week 2
Onderwijsvorm hoorcollege
Toetsvorm schriftelijk tentamen (essay) DIGITAL
Vaksoort bachelor
Coördinator prof. dr. D. de Waard
Docent(en) prof. dr. D. de Waard ,Dr. A.B.M. Fuermaier ,dr. J.L. Veldstra
Verplichte literatuur
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Opleiding Jaar Periode Type
Minor: Psychology in Society - semester I a keuze
Minor: Psychology of Cognition, Development, and Performance 3 semester I a keuze