Course: Traffic psychology 1

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Course title Traffic psychology 1
Course code PCH/DP1N
Organizational form of instruction Lecture
Level of course Master
Year of study not specified
Semester Winter
Number of ECTS credits 2
Language of instruction Czech
Status of course unspecified
Form of instruction Face-to-face
Work placements This is not an internship
Recommended optional programme components None
  • Šucha Matúš, PhDr. Ph.D.
  • Risser Ralf, prof. Dr. Ph.D.
Course content
1. Theories, objectives, and methods a. Traffic system and mobility b. Modes of transport c. What is traffic and transport psychology? d. Key factors i. Safety (objective and subjective) ii. Quality of life iii. Health and public health iv. Environment v. Land use vi. Sustainability (sustainable safety - SWOV) e. The main traffic-psychology models and theories (Vision 0, the theory of planned behaviour, the homeostasis theory, ?) 2. Driver?s cognition, personality, behaviour, motivation, and emotions a. Driver?s behaviour ? theories (Gadget, subjective risk, self-regulation) b. Drivers? abilities (incl. visual attention and other senses) c. Driver?s personality d. Emotions and motivation e. Driver?s performance ? hierarchical task levels f. Drivers? individual differences g. Main types of risky behaviour i. Safety belt and child restraint use ii. Driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs iii. Speeding iv. Aggressive driving v. Driver?s distraction and inattention vi. Driver?s fatigue vii. Driver?s stress and anger viii. Running traffic lights ix. Work-related road risk h. Eco-driving 3. Road users a. Drivers i. Professional drivers ii. Private drivers b. Pedestrians c. Motorcyclists d. Cyclists e. Young drivers f. Older drivers g. Children 4. Fitness to drive a. Assessing mental fitness to drive b. Traffic-psychology assessment i. Process ii. Exploration, anamnesis, and interview iii. Ethical issues c. Assessment of cognitive functions and the assessment methods i. Attention and resilience to monotony ii. Memory iii. IQ iv. Peripheral visual perception v. Reaction time d. Assessment of personality traits and the assessment methods i. Sensation seeking ii. Anger and hostility e. Hazard perception assessment

Learning activities and teaching methods
Lecture, Demonstration, Projection (static, dynamic)
  • Homework for Teaching - 10 hours per semester
  • Excursion - 5 hours per semester
  • Preparation for the Course Credit - 10 hours per semester
  • Attendace - 25 hours per semester
Learning outcomes
The main aim of this course is to familiarise the students with the basic theories, objectives, and methods of traffic psychology, including road users? behaviour and the assessment of mental fitness to drive.
Basic knowledge about traffic psychology, excercise in reports writting.
Preconditions: basic knowledge of psychodiagnostics, clinic psychology and psychology of personality.

Assessment methods and criteria
Student performance, Didactic Test, Anamnestic Method

Written exam, e-learning study and presence at teaching.
Recommended literature
  • Barjonet, P. E. (Ed.). (2001). Traffic Psychology Today.
  • Dorn, L. (2005). Driver Behaviour and Training.
  • Hennessy, D. (Ed.). (2011). Traffic Psychology ? An international perspective.
  • Porter, B. E. (2011). Handbook of Traffic Psychology. USA.
  • Rothengatter, T. & Huguenin, R. D. (2004). Traffic and Transport Psychology.
  • Seitl, M., Šucha, M. (2010). MANUÁL DOPORUČENÝCH PSYCHODIAGNOSTICKÝCH METOD pro vyšetřování a posuzování psychické způsobilosti k řízení motorových vozidel. Praha.
  • Sullman, M. & Dorn, L. (2012). Advances in Traffic Psychology.
  • Štikar, J., Hoskovec, J. & Štikarová, J. (2006). Psychologická prevence nehod. Praha.
  • Štikar, J., Hoskovec, J. & Štikarová, J. (2003). Psychologie v dopravě.. Praha, Karolinum.
  • Šucha, M., et al. (2013). Dopravní psychologie pro praxi. Praha.
  • Theeuwes, J., van der Horst, R., & Kuiken, M. (2012). Designing Safe Road Systems.
  • Vanderbild, T. (2008). Traffic.

Study plans that include the course
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