22. Traffic Psychology

A State-of-the-Art Review

  1. Paul R. Martin2,
  2. Fanny M. Cheung BA PhD3,
  3. Michael C. Knowles MCom (Qld), PhD (Edin)4,
  4. Michael Kyrios5,
  5. J. Bruce Overmier6 and
  6. José M. Prieto7
  1. A. Ian Glendon PhD

Published Online: 20 APR 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9781444395150.ch22

IAAP Handbook of Applied Psychology

IAAP Handbook of Applied Psychology

How to Cite

Glendon, A. I. (2011) Traffic Psychology, in IAAP Handbook of Applied Psychology (eds P. R. Martin, F. M. Cheung, M. C. Knowles, M. Kyrios, J. B. Overmier and J. M. Prieto), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444395150.ch22

Editor Information

  1. 2

    Griffith University, Queensland, Australia

  2. 3

    Chinese University of Hong Kong

  3. 4

    Monash University, Melbourne, Australia

  4. 5

    Swinburne University of Technology, Australia

  5. 6

    University of Minnesota, USA

  6. 7

    Complutense University of Madrid, Spain

Author Information

  1. Griffith University, Gold Coast, Australia

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 20 APR 2011
  2. Published Print: 1 APR 2011

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405193313

Online ISBN: 9781444395150



  • special topics in applied psychology - traffic psychology, a state-of-the-art review;
  • Transportation Research Part F - Traffic Psychology and Behaviour (TRF), initiated by IAAP's division;
  • patterns of authorship, mean number of authors per paper - three (range 1–11; mode 2), and well over 4,000 authors;
  • US researchers, coauthoring papers - with researchers based either in Canada, or in developing countries;
  • theories or models developed specifically to describe driving behavior - Näätänen and Summala's (1976) classic work on zero risk;
  • conceptual frameworks, or models - identifiable psychological component or origin;
  • tests and other instruments used - collecting data on a vast range of variables;
  • traffic psychologists' affiliations - few national psychology, or ergonomics/human factors societies, having specialist divisions for traffic psychologists;
  • evidence on future directions - for traffic psychology;
  • generalization from studies - undertaken in one culture, to jurisdictions with different driving styles, road rules and enforcement practices, being problematic


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Extent of the Review

  • Patterns of Authorship

  • Theoretical Orientations

  • Methodology and Data

  • Traffic Psychologists' Affiliations

  • Further Evidence on Future Directions for Traffic Psychology

  • Conclusions and Future Challenges for Traffic Psychology

  • Acknowledgments

  • References