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Are Beautiful traffic environments safer than Ugly traffic environments?

Drottenborg, Helena LU (2002) In Bulletin / Lunds tekniska högskola, Institutionen för teknik och samhälle, Lunds universitet 211.
Abstract
To link aesthetics to traffic safety, the field of environmental psychology was consid-ered. A new model of driving behaviour was developed, based on Lewin’s (1951) equation, B = f (P,E) and by employing Küllers’ (1991) model of the basic emotional process. The employed model B = f (R(Road), U(Users), A(Task), P(Person)), states that driving behaviour (B) is related to the physical environment (R), other road users (U), the driving task (A), the individual factors and own abilities (P); and to the interaction among them. In this way, driving behaviour was investigated in relation to aesthetics both directly and through the driver’s basic emotional process. Taken together, the results confirmed that driving behaviour is influenced by... (More)
To link aesthetics to traffic safety, the field of environmental psychology was consid-ered. A new model of driving behaviour was developed, based on Lewin’s (1951) equation, B = f (P,E) and by employing Küllers’ (1991) model of the basic emotional process. The employed model B = f (R(Road), U(Users), A(Task), P(Person)), states that driving behaviour (B) is related to the physical environment (R), other road users (U), the driving task (A), the individual factors and own abilities (P); and to the interaction among them. In this way, driving behaviour was investigated in relation to aesthetics both directly and through the driver’s basic emotional process. Taken together, the results confirmed that driving behaviour is influenced by aesthetics. It is likely that drivers display lower speed in beautiful rather than ugly traffic environments, not spontaneously and directly as an effect of aesthetics, but after a sequence of driving and stop over. (Less)
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  • Prof Martincigh, Lucia, Architecture, University Rom
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driving behaviour, traffic safety, eye blink, heart rate, mood, basic emotional process, environmental psychology, gestalt theory, ugly, aesthetics, beautiful, speed., Road transport technology, Vägtransportteknik
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Bulletin / Lunds tekniska högskola, Institutionen för teknik och samhälle, Lunds universitet
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211
pages
109 pages
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LTH, Lund University
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Room V:B, John Ericssons väg 1, Lund Institute of Technology
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2002-12-06 10:15
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  • other:ISRN: LUTVDG/(TVTT-1024)1-109/2002
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1404-272X
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English
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  abstract     = {To link aesthetics to traffic safety, the field of environmental psychology was consid-ered. A new model of driving behaviour was developed, based on Lewin’s (1951) equation, B = f (P,E) and by employing Küllers’ (1991) model of the basic emotional process. The employed model B = f (R(Road), U(Users), A(Task), P(Person)), states that driving behaviour (B) is related to the physical environment (R), other road users (U), the driving task (A), the individual factors and own abilities (P); and to the interaction among them. In this way, driving behaviour was investigated in relation to aesthetics both directly and through the driver’s basic emotional process. Taken together, the results confirmed that driving behaviour is influenced by aesthetics. It is likely that drivers display lower speed in beautiful rather than ugly traffic environments, not spontaneously and directly as an effect of aesthetics, but after a sequence of driving and stop over.},
  author       = {Drottenborg, Helena},
  issn         = {1404-272X},
  keyword      = {driving behaviour,traffic safety,eye blink,heart rate,mood,basic emotional process,environmental psychology,gestalt theory,ugly,aesthetics,beautiful,speed.,Road transport technology,Vägtransportteknik},
  language     = {eng},
  pages        = {109},
  publisher    = {LTH, Lund University},
  school       = {Lund University},
  series       = {Bulletin / Lunds tekniska högskola, Institutionen för teknik och samhälle, Lunds universitet},
  title        = {Are Beautiful traffic environments safer than Ugly traffic environments?},
  volume       = {211},
  year         = {2002},
}