October 2008

Psychology and Traffic Safety

Psychology and Traffic Safety
November 6, 2008

10:00 am-11:00 am EST


Professor David Wiesenthal.  Professor David L.Wiesenthal received his doctoral degree in social psychology at the State University of New York at Buffalo and was a postdoctoral fellow at York University where he is now a full professor in the Department of Psychology. He is the co-editor of Contemporary issues in road user behavior and traffic safety (2005) and has 196 book chapters, journal articles and conference presentations. He has been a visiting professor at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and has lectured at the National Road and Traffic Research Institute, (Linköping, Sweden), the University of Linköping, the University of Umeå, Lund University, and Stockholm University. He has received research grants from the Ontario Ministry of Transportation and the AUTO 21 Centre of Excellence. He is an active member of the Canadian Association of Road Safety Professionals, serving on their Scientific Advisory Committee. He has served as a reviewer for a number of international scientific publications. In his presentation, Prof. Wiesenthal will describe some recent developments in research and the usefulness of psychology in explaining and controlling driver behaviour.

The talk will highlight the following issues:

  1. Conceptualizing traffic safety: What are “accidents” and the components of driving and road safety
  2. Psychological strategies for preventing/reducing mishaps on roadways
  3. Risky driving and its causes

Learning Objectives:

  1. Promoting an understanding of the psychological aspects of traffic safety
  2. Introducing a psychological model for reducing collisions and roadway injuries
  3. Insight into contemporary issues related to risky driving

Session Materials:

Additional Resources

  • Internet Sources: Canadian Association of Road Safety Professionals (CARSP) www.carsp.ca
  • Traffic Injury Research Foundation (TIRF) www.trafficinjuryresearch.com
  • Transport Canada www.tc.gc.ca
  • Ontario Ministry of Transportation www.mto.gov.on.ca
  • Books: Hennessy, D. A. & Wiesenthal, D. L., (Eds.). (2005). Contemporary issues in road user behavior and traffic safety. Hauppauge, NY: Nova Science Publishers. Vanderbilt, T. (2008).
  • Traffic: Why we drive the way we do (and what it says about us). Alfred A. Knopf: New York.

Updated October 31, 2008