Observational Field Studies in Traffic Psychology

Tova Rosenbloom, Hodaya Levy

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Observational field studies is a unique method in traffic psychology aimed to investigate real-life behaviors of road-users. Researchers use this method in various ways to examine those behaviors: from road-cameras analysis to unobtrusive observers and known observers. In this chapter, we will review a whole scale of practices within observational field studies. First, we will introduce the studies based on naturalistic driving database. Second, we will present and review studies based on interventions in the field (i.e., controlled observations). Then, we will review a large set of uncontrolled observations which are separated into two subsections: electronic observations and human observations. Finally, we will review a few studies which integrate a number of the methods mentioned above. The aim of this chapter is to expose the reader to the range of operational ways to conduct researches based on observational studies in traffic psychology.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationInternational Encyclopedia of Transportation
Subtitle of host publicationVolume 1-7
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9780081026724
ISBN (Print)9780081026717
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2021

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  • Controlled observations
  • Database
  • Electronic observations
  • Integrated methods
  • Observational field studies
  • Observers
  • Uncontrolled observations


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