The aim of this study was to investigate the relationship between information processing ability and traffic accidents, especially intersection accidents. Variables for five personality characteristics, intelligence, relevant biographical details and violation record were also included in the results analysis. Amongst elegible subjects a response rate of 92% was obtained which gave usable data for 113 young male drivers. After comparing the subjects interviewed with a control group, it was concluded that the respondents were in many ways a representative sample of young male drivers in Western Australia. In going from a one to ten, and four to ten choice reaction time task the intersection accident subjects had smaller increases in decision time than the non-intersection accident subjects. The factor analysis suggested that the personality characteristic of aggression contributed to this result. Apparently the opportunity cost to the aggressive drivers of making their decisions at intersections faster than non- aggressive drivers was the occasional wrong decision, as indicated by their accident history. Report was submitted as requirement for the degree of Master of Arts in Psychology, University of Western Australia. /Author/TRRL/

  • Corporate Authors:

    Western Australia University, Australia

    Nedlands, Western Australia,   Australia 
  • Authors:
    • Smith, D I
  • Publication Date: 1978-2

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  • Features: References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 142 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00303781
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: ARRB Group Ltd.
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Thesis
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS, ATRI
  • Created Date: Apr 22 1980 12:00AM