HUMAN SENSITIVITY, INTELLIGENCE AND PHYSICAL CYCLES AND MOTOR VEHICLE ACCIDENTS

A hypothesis describing the effect of possible cyclic fluctuations of human sensitivity (28 days), intelligence (33 days), and physical (23 days) characteristics on motor vehicle accidents as examined. For the general driving public, a higher rate of accidents (37%) was found to occur on days termed "critical" (i.e., day on which the trait characteristic crossed the mean value) than would have been expected from a random distribution (20%). Although the positive half-period of these cycles reflected no significant difference from that predicted, the negative half-period of the sensitivity cycle had fewer accidents (37%) as compared with the predicted rate (46%). There does, therefore, appear to be a good correlation between the proposed cycles and motor vehicle accident occurrences. /Author/

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    Pergamon Press, Incorporated

    Maxwell House, Fairview Park
    Elmsford, NY  USA  10523
  • Authors:
    • Latman, N
  • Publication Date: 1977-6

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  • Accession Number: 00164947
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Safety Council Safety Research Info Serv
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Analytic
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Mar 7 1978 12:00AM