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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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dc.contributor.advisor Trick, Lana
dc.contributor.author Subasi, Ece
dc.date.accessioned 2013-09-04T17:29:09Z
dc.date.available 2013-09-04T17:29:09Z
dc.date.copyright 2013-08
dc.date.created 2013-08-15
dc.date.issued 2013-09-04
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10214/7450
dc.description.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. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship AUTO21, Ontario Innovation Trust (OIT), Canadian Foundation for Innovation (CFI). en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.subject risk-taking en_US
dc.subject young drivers en_US
dc.subject competition en_US
dc.subject driving simulator en_US
dc.subject sexual selection theory en_US
dc.title Effect of interpersonal competition on the driving performance of young male drivers accompanied by young male passengers en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.degree.programme Psychology en_US
dc.degree.name Master of Science en_US
dc.degree.department Department of Psychology en_US
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