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Effect of interpersonal competition on the driving performance of young male drivers accompanied by young male passengers

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Title: Effect of interpersonal competition on the driving performance of young male drivers accompanied by young male passengers
Author: Subasi, Ece
Department: Department of Psychology
Program: Psychology
Advisor: Trick, Lana
Abstract: Motor vehicle accidents are the leading cause of death and injury among teenagers. The crash risk is highest for young male drivers with young male passengers. The goal of this study is to find out why young males are at such high risk. One possible explanation could be the Sexual Selection Theory (Darwin, 1871), which emphasizes the competitive nature of young males that may determine their behaviour for future benefits. I tested if there was competition between males that made them take more risks while driving in the simulator. Various driving performance variables (speed, car following distance, standard deviation of the lateral position, hazard response times, number of vehicles passed) and individual differences variables (risky driving, risk perception, sensation seeking, competitiveness) were measured. Results provided little support for the effect of interpersonal competition and an opportunity for discussion arose.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10214/7450
Date: 2013-08


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