Psychology 409a September 9, 2006

Concepts of Generation 20 Report 1

By Rhiannon Tokita


Citation:  Chad Garhartt (2004) Report 1 1.htm


Ikue Fukushima (2004) Practical Applications in Driving Psychology


  1. Concept 1: “The threefold self is driving behavior stemming from three different domains” according to Chad Garhartt.


                                                               i.            Affective- the motives and the reasons behind the actions of the driver.  It is the feelings and emotions that the driver feels while he or she is driving.

                                                             ii.            Cognitive- is thinking while driving.  The thinking that you are doing while driving can be referring to the driver thinking bad thoughts about another driver.

                                                            iii.            Sensorimotor- in charge of our five senses and physical actions while driving.  This can include tailgating, beeping of your horn, and hand gestures.


  1. Concept 2: “Lifelong driver education is the idea of helping current and future drivers to be less aggressive and safe drivers” according to Chad Garhartt.


                                                               i.            Elementary- the children can begin to learn affective driving skills.  They can be taught about some of the feelings and emotions that they may encounter as a driver or as a passenger.

                                                             ii.            Middle School- the children can be taught cognitive driving skills.  They can be taught to think about other drivers and how to predict what they might do or how they might respond to other drivers.

                                                            iii.            High School- the teens can learn about how to control their sensorimotor actions.  They can be taught the effects of road rage and how gestures, tailgating, and horn honking.


  1. Concept 3: “Road rage refers to any aggressive behavior that occurs behind the wheel” according to Ikue Fukushima.


                                                               i.            Verbal- this type of road rage can include yelling, swearing, and arguing with people because of a driving incident

                                                             ii.            Quiet- this type of road rage is the actions of a driver that are passively aggressive.  It can include competing, rushing, and resisting another drivers attempts.

                                                            iii.            Epic- this type of road rage includes the physical actions that drivers may display.  It can include cutting the driver off, shooting other drivers, or hitting another drivers car.




This web page gives a review of reasons that teens are involved in fatal crashes, including drivers education.



This website gives statistics about road rage occurrences


    This article talks about the rising instances of road rage


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