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report 1a the discussion of three topics talked about in class
week 4 problems on the internet temporary solutions my suggestions week 5 generational curriculum convoys factors determining the size of convoys forgotten factors driving aggressively changes in driving behavior what we learned week 6 webcrawler San Diego Traffic Report reaction Nissan 300ZX reaction 0BMW reaction week 7 comments elderly frustration on the internet dealing with it traffic in Honolulu comments on Dr. James's article persistence self-witnessing week 8 comments on 409 rayson comments on instructor's weekly comments week 9 Driving Personality Traffic Psychology Good Driver Self Makeover retrospective vs. on-going to the extreme week 10 Investigation of Convoys week 11 aggression What Did I Learn? week 12 moral or immoral? legal or illegal? spiritual implications week 13 temper, temper week 14 week 15 What Have I Accomplished? advice/suggestions



report 1a=anchor

This week we discussed several interesting topics that I would have never before given much thought to. The idea that everyone takes on a "persona",for example, is very true, but I would have never thought twice about it prior to this class. Most people that I know do tend to "become different people" the moment that they step into a car. However, this is only the case if this person is also the driver. We also discussed the fact that these driving personas can often be compared to personality disorders. This is especially funny because I used to have what I would now consider to be a narcissistic driving boyfriend. He'd constantly be working on his car or cleaning it in some way. One time when I was riding in the car with him, he yelled at me because the street my house is on was just re-paved and all the little rocks from the freshly paved road all scratched his car when he drove over them.

I'm not exactly sure why it is, but we all put so much emphasis on driving and cars. I think that it is probably the fact that cars are so visible, and here in Hawai'i most people have cars as their primary form of transportation. If someone spends most of his/her time in a car, they tend to feel an attachment to the vehicle and perhaps even identify with it. Perhaps this is why they all get so upset when another driver cuts in front of their car. This action shows disrespect for the car because the other driver doesn't seem to acknowledge its presence on the road, and many people take this very personally.

The idea of traffic seems to frustrate most people. As we discussed in class, traffic occurs in many places other than just the road in car. There is traffic for pedestrians, bicyclists, roller bladers, and most importantly; surfers. No matter which surf spot you go to, no matter what time day or night, there always seems to be other surfers. I don't think that I have ever surfed a spot alone. This kind of traffic is just as frustrating as the kind you find in the road. Especially when there are a lot of surfers, like at Waikiki, there are often similar situations that happen in the water that happen out of the water. Other surfers will often cut you off or "drop in" on you. This is often even more frustrating in the water than out of the water because in the water no two people can have exactly the same ride or travel exactly the same path. In a car, however, everyone can travel the exact same road and have a similar ride. I have often seen people get so frustrated with this situation that they yell and curse at each other and some even want to fight the other person that may have dropped in on them. Why is this traffic so annoying? It is usually not very hot, you often have friends to share the experience with and to converse with, and it is supposed to be a leisure activity. So why do people continue to become angry in surfing traffic? I think that any kind of traffic is difficult to deal with and when you go surfing you try to get away from the traffic only to find more traffic.

Another topic that was discussed in class was the idea that everyone can and should try to change the way that s/he is in traffic. I'm a little skeptical about this idea. Perhaps most people should change their driving behavior, but the question is will they? In theory it is all great and dandy to have people that just smile when someone cuts them off, but this is not easy to do. There are so many things that a lot of people should change so that the roads might be safer, but how many people will actually put these theories and suggestions into practice? There are "Don't drink and drive" commercials all the time, but people still do this and others are still being killed by this every year. I suppose that their is not much we can really do about the countries driving problems. We just have to do our part as an individual and perhaps a few others will follow our example and therefore we will have begun, in our own small way, a domino effect of good driving behavior.

week 5=anchor

During week five we discussed some of the reports and personality makeovers of students in previous traffic psychology classes. Many interesting issues were brought up and many students discussed many of the same situations and phenomenons.

generational curriculum=anchor

A generational curriculum is the reports of previous students on a particular issue or topic, specifically traffic psychology.


According to Sheila Palomo driving in convoys can be very dangerous. There are often fender benders and what she calls "the accordion effect". When she drives she tends to leave her window down because she doesn't have an air conditioner. Therefore, when she is in a convoy, the other cars often kick up rocks and dirt into her car, and the exhaust from the surrounding cars also bother her. Sheila enjoys her personal space and prefers to try to pull away from the convoy whenever possible.

factors determining size of convoy=anchor

Sheila states that the factors that determine that size of a convoy are time of day, street lights or stop signs, special events and people that simply enjoy convoys. First of all, she discusses the fact that during rush hour traffic there is next to no chance that anyone can escape from driving in a convoy. Secondly she says that street lights cause the accordion effect whereas stop signs will create a consistent flow of traffic. Next she states that events like a football game will create a situation where many cars will be coming from and going to the stadium at the same time.

forgotten factors=anchor

One factor of convoys that Sheila failed to mention is the fact that some people simply like to drive in convoys. Many people feel safer while driving in packs. According to Joleen Lai's generational curriculum report some people feel more alert while driving in packs. This is key to safer driving. Therefore, according to Rayson Noguchi's generational curriculum report there are those people that will slow down or speed up a little just to stay with the pack. I'm not sure if this is more dangerous or not. If this helps the person to be more alert as they drive, I suppose that this is good for the driver, however, if the pack is driving at unsafe speeds, I'm not so sure that it is a very good idea. Perhaps this is one of the reasons there are so many car accidents. You always hear in the news that there was a three, five and sometimes 15 car pile ups.[See Beachimin's statistics.] In these situations, convoys definitely didn't help the situation.

my impression=anchor

When I read the title "The Dynamics of Convoys" the word convoy brought picture to mind that is quite different from the description Sheila gave. Usually when I think of a convoy I think of several cars usually of the same make or model that all get together on a Sunday afternoon and drive around to different places. In either case, I try to stay away from both types of convoys when possible. Not so much because they are dangerous or because the other cars kick dirt and rocks up into my car, but mostly because I simply don't like traffic and whenever possible I avoid it. This lab report really made me start to think about driving and how much I depend on this privilege I have. I don't catch the bus so I depend greatly on my car and driving myself to the places that I need to go. I think that this is the case with many of the people in Hawai'i. If it were up to me, however, I would prefer to not drive as much as I do. If I could I would attend classes and work at home. Then I would only need to get in my car when I went to the beach. I bet that if a lot of people did this there would be a lot less traffic and less accidents.

driving aggressively=anchor

Sheila also discussed theories about why people tend to drive aggressively. One theory is that crowded driving conditions cause physiological arousal. This increase in heart rate and blood pressure makes the driver feel tense and confined and s/he becomes impatient. Secondly, she says that drivers have certain schemas that causes them to interpret the driving behavior of other drivers as aggressive and therefore, they must retaliate with aggression. Lastly she states that cars create a feeling of anonymity. When you bump into someone you usually say "Excuse me", but in a car people tend to be less courteous.

changes in driving behavior

I agree that crowds often increase tension and impatience. I also agree that people in traffic tend to interpret the actions of other drivers as aggressive. If I were to see someone driving in and out of other cars I would think that that person is a jerk. However, that person may be simply trying to get his pregnant wife to the hospital. Lastly, I often see people "giving the finger" to other drivers or people not waving (to say thank you) when another driver lets him/her in the lane. People are becoming less and less courteous everyday. I don't think that it is simply because of the anonymity that cars create because cars have been in the islands for many years and I remember the times when everyone would wave or give the "shaka" to someone that let them in the lane. People used to also wave to say "Sorry" when they may have cut someone off. Those days of courteous drivers seem to have left us and I'm not exactly sure why. Perhaps the anonymity is not created by the car itself but by the sheer numbers of the people in Hawai'i today.

what we learned

In Sheila's driving personality makeover she states that she will put a radio in her car and get an air conditioner. I also don't have a radio or an air conditioner in my car. I think that we both learned that comfort while driving is of the utmost importance for a proper state of mind on the roads. We both realize that when we are hot and sticky, sitting in traffic, we are inclined to become irritated with the traffic conditions. This may cause us to act aggressively toward other drivers or we may become unsafe in that in our hurry to get to relieve ourselves of this uncomfortable situation we may change lanes frequently, speed and practice other types of unsafe driving behavior. Therefore, I suggest that everyone should consider investing in an air conditioner and a radio because this is not just an investment in comfort, it is an investment in piece of mind.

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week 4=anchor

problems on the internet= anchor

During the past two or three weeks I have had many problems working in emacs. At first I had no clue what I was doing. In class Dr. James made everything seem so easy, but when I actually tried the homework assignments I felt lost and very frustrated. Finally I figured out how to send e-mail and create a signature file. However, when I worked in emacs and tried to save my files I couldn't do it while I was working on the Macs and my boyfriend's computer at home. When I typed in C-x C-c nothing happened. You can imagine how angry i felt, that all the work I had just done was not being saved and the only way that I could exit was to hang up.

temporary solutions

Now I only work from my house or on the PCs in Keller. Most of the workers in Keller, however, tell me that they don't know anything about emacs, so when I get stuck and need help they can't help me. The most helpful person for me was Grant, downstairs in Keller 105. He went through emacs with me step by step and explained to me why I couldn't save my files on my boyfriend's computer and gave me possible solutions for this. (They didn't work, but he tried and it's the thought that counts.)

Now I have a whole new set of problems and challenges. I think, however, that I'm beginning to get the hang of things. I still have many questions about using unix and especially emacs. I hope to eventually master emacs. My major problem is formatting and editing.


The way that I go through all the files is either to go directly to the instructors home page and follow his links from there, or not that I have set up my own links I can simply go to my home page or my lab report file and follow those links to other students' lab reports or to instructors comments. I suggest that anyone who has trouble finding his or her way through the internet should just relax and take the time to explore everything. The more experience a person can get working in the internet the easier things will become. As the saying goes "Practice makes perfect".

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week 6=anchor

This is the week that I attempt to travel the World Wide Web. I've been trying to put this off for as long as I could, but now I can't wait any longer (it is already week 7 and I haven't done the homework for week 6... pretty sad huh.) So anyway, here I go.


I took me several days to finally figure out how to use the webcrawler, but I finally did it! I tried it several times "on my own", but i couldn't do it. Then I decided to read other peoples' lab reports and follow their instructions. The two lab reports that helped me were those of Joleen Lai and Todd Takitani. I followed their directions in their lab reports, but I still didn't think that I had found the "right" kinds of documents. First I went to week 6 homework on the Instructor's weekly comments. Then I followed the 'webcrawler'[38] link, when i got there, I pressed TAB and typed in "traffic" for my search. I pressed RETURN and several options were given to me. I followed the link for the Southern California Traffic Report and from there I found The San Diego Traffic Report. When I saw this I thought that I had definitely come t the wrong place. However, when I went back and read the summaries of Todd and Joleen, I realized that the documents they had found and commented on were similar (if no the same as) to the documents that I had found. So anyway, I went back into the webcrawler and found those documents and read them and here I am.

San Diego Traffic Report=anchor

In this report they talked about how they collected the data for the flow of traffic, and other traffic related statistics in the San Diego area. They have sensors on the freeway that keeps track of the number of cars that drive over these 200 areas, the speed the cars are traveling and the time of day. They then take the average number of cars and the speed, estimate the time of day and the are able to give an accurate traffic report. The also take into account construction in the area that may be taking place. The tables and flow rates are updated every minute. [see also Todd Takitani's report.]


I think that this is good for the people that an accurate traffic report is kept. However, it must be very expensive to update the report every minute and to have all of this high tech equipment. It seems just a little excessive to me. There must be better things that they could use the money on. i think that the general public knows when traffic is going to be congested and when it is not. All they really need to know is when there are accidents or construction sites. (There is a flaw in this , however. There is a need for research like this if the traffic conditions are ever expected to improve.)

Nissan 300ZX=anchor

This report was simply information about the Nissan 300ZX (obviously, I don't think that it would be about the Honda Prelude). This report cites all "rave reviews" that the Nissan 300ZX has received from magazines such as Car and Driver or Consumer Report. It described the features of the car and it's strengths over other comparable cars.


According to this report the Nissan 300ZX sound like the buy of the century. However, I read the Consumer Report for 1994 and I don't remember see that much about the Nissan 300ZX. Actually, the cars that received "excellents" across the boards were the Acura Integra and the Acura Legend. The Honda Accord came in a close second. I don't even think that the Nissan 300ZX was in the top five of the sports cars. I guess all car reports will tend to be a little biased, but what do you expect they want to make money, right?

week 7=anchor
Is it week seven already? Where does all the time go? I feel like I just learned how to logon yesterday. This week we will be reading other students' lab reports and commenting on them. We will also be commenting on an article written by Dr. James and making links to the respective reports.



There are so many interesting lab reports and the issues brought up are very thought provoking. I was especially interested in a comment that Rayson Noguchi made about the elderly and their ability to drive (or rather their inability to drive.) A few semesters ago I took a psychology course on adult development and aging. I learned that people don't lose their cognitive ability as they grow older. This is a common belief among the younger generation. However, the older a person gets, the slower their reaction time is. Reaction time is essential in driving, especially in traffic. If a person is unable to react quickly to the car breaking in front, many accidents can occur. There are so many situations in which reaction time is crucial while driving. No one would want another person on the road that perhaps had taken an antihistamine and could become drowsy and in-alert at anytime. That person's reaction time may be the same as that of an elderly driver. Therefore I agree with Rayson when he says that the elderly pose a danger to themselves and to others on the road. Perhaps if there were a test that all drivers, regardless of age, had to take that tested reflexes and time responses after passing the renewal test. ((See generation two comment by Cynthia Yap))

frustration on the internet=anchor

Believe me I know what frustration is! I just typed in my entire report for week 7 and I got kicked off and nothing was saved. You want to talk frustration.., I am raging!!!!!! Several other people have also expressed their frustration about working on the internet. In Terri Slaughter's lab report she say that she simply becomes confused working on the internet. I also feel this way when I am following link after link and then suddenly I forget what I was originally doing and how I got where I am, etc. But the most frustrating thing that I have encountered is getting kicked off or being hung up on. (see also Michelle Ota's lab report.) Michelle has also encountered the problem of being kicked off after only 90 minutes. It takes me 90 minutes just to logon and figure what I need to do. By the time I finish reading the report that I needed to and find something that I want to comment on, my time is up and the computer hangs up on me.

dealing with it=anchor

Dealing with the frustration that we encounter is not as easy as it seems. Most people say just relax and be patient and eventually you'll get the hang of things. Perhaps this is true, but until I get a hang of things I will continue to be frustrated. Rayson Noguchi says that he plays slack-key guitar when he gets frustrated and then goes back later. Well, not everyone can play slack-key or even has a guitar, but listen to music can be very soothing. Perhaps if you can either play your radio at home or take a walk-man to the computer lab when you work at school. this just might save your mind. [For another point of view about depression and pessimism due to the internet see Diane Beauchemin's lab report.]

traffic in Honolulu

In Michelle Ota's lab report, she actually comments on another person's lab report about the California Traffic Report. They both say that they wish Honolulu had an on-line traffic report like that of California. This way we could look at the traffic report and then leave for work or school and have an accurate report of the traffic conditions up to the minute. Personally, I don't think that it is necessary because we have the radio and people call in the traffic report all the time. Also, just because people know what the traffic conditions are doesn't mean that they can or will leave home at a different time or take a different route.

comments on Dr. James's article

In Dr. James's article about the psy 459 class he says that an atmosphere has been created such that the students are able to talk about their problems and triumphs, concerning the class, freely with other students. He says that this face to face interaction has proven to be helpful to the students. I must say that I agree with this observation. The in-class discussions help me, not only with my problems on the internet, but also getting a grip on and conceptualizing the whole idea of traffic psychology. I enjoy the conversations in class and it allows me to get to know the other students in the class better. The more we discuss, the more comfortable I feel about sharing my experiences and the more I get out of the class.


Persistence on working in the internet is a topic that has continually come up. Even Dr. James talks about his problems on the internet and the need for persistence. Persistence is very important and is the only way to get through college successfully. In the lab reports everyone talks about persistence as if it only relates to working on the internet. However, persistence is what it takes, not only to be successful on the internet, but also to be successful in life. There have been many times that I have been frustrated with my classes or felt as though I couldn't learn the material, but persistence is what pulled me through. Therefore, learning persistence while learning about the internet is a lesson that is important for life and can and should be used in all aspects of life.


Dr. James instructs his students to observe themselves (their thoughts and feelings) while on the internet and (for the traffic psychology students) while driving which he calls self-witnessing. Through this, I believe, the students learn a great deal. However, Dr. James says that when grading the lab reports on the self-witnessing, he doesn't grade on content, but rather the form of the lab report. I can understand why he would think that this is necessary, because when a person is engaging in self-observation, it is difficult to judge and grade an individual's experience. However, we are novices on the internet and it is very difficult to make our lab reports as asthetically pleasing as we could using Word perfect or Microsoft Word. There are ways to do the lab report on our word processor and transfer it to our lab report, but this is not as easy as it sounds, especially when you don't know much about computers.

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week 8

This week I will be traveling over to the lab reports of the students of Psy 409. I was surprised to see that many of the 409 students are also in the 459 class with me. Anyway, I'll be commenting on them and making links to their reports. Then I will be commenting on and making links to the Instructor's Weekly Comments.

comments on 409 not the all-purpose cleaner, the psychology class

When I jumped over to the other side and read all the lab reports of the 409 students, I noticed that they also have the same frustrations and anxieties about working on the internet that we, the students of psy 459, experience. I thought that the 409 students would have had an easier time than we did because their class is solely focused on cyberspace and working on the internet. However, as I found in Fujii's lab report, he also finds comfort in knowing that other students have problems similar to his own (concerning the internet that is.) Barry Kwock, on the other hand, says that he felt as though no one else seemed to have as many problems as he was having. All I have to say about that is that everyone is going through the same thing it's just that they are either too shy to tell people about it or they just have so many problems that they couldn't possibly discuss all of them in a single lab report. The point is, we all are experiencing troubles on the internet and we all get frustrated while doing our lab reports, but we just need to be patient and keep on trying. Rayson Noguchi states in his lab report that in oder to learn more about the internet, he plans to logon as often as possible. This is actually very good advice. The more practice a person gets doing something, the more likely they are to become experts at it. The only problem is following this advice. To do this takes dedication and you absolutely can't procrastinate. Fujii and Harada both talk about the problems and dangers of procrastination.

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I wasn't sure of what to call this section so I called it rayson because I'm only commenting a file that he found and linked to in his lab report. The name of the section is youth music/youth culture. This link will take you to songs, music magazines or give you names of music schools and other music related topics. I found this very interesting because I love music and anyone else that likes music should have fun with this link. I know that Rayson also likes music a lot and that we both especially enjoy reggae. So naturally I was interested in this section of Rayson's lab report. You all should check it out.

comments on instructor's weekly comments

Dr. James discussed in detail is experiences, observations and evaluations about working on the internet, lynx, etc. One thing that he said that particularly grabbed me was his section on observing. He says that we all need to pay attention to detail. I found this to be the case when making links to other students' lab reports. Forgetting just one dot or slash mark or misspelling a word could make it so that the link doesn't work and you have to go back and edit. Therefore, I suggest that everyone pay attention to detail, it will say you a lot of time and frustration. This brings me to the next subject of focusing. Dr. James says that focus is important when becoming frustrated. When I became frustrated (which is a considerable amount of times), I often lost sight of what I was doing and just wanted to give up. I often became so confused that I forgot what it was that I was doing, so I would forget to write down the anchor names of the links I wanted to make or forget the subject of the paragraph I just read. Then when I went back to write my lab report I realized that I didn't get the information I needed to write the lab report and I would become more frustrated and waste more time. Now I try to remain focused and remember what my goal is so that I don't become confused and frustrated.

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week 9

This week we begin observing our own driving behavior, analyzing it and attempting to modify that behavior so that we may eventually become better, morally correct drivers.

Driving Personality

Just as we as individuals have personality traits in our daily lives that make us who we are, so too, do we as drivers take on certain traits that make who we are on the road. A driving personality is simply the driving characteristics that a person displays. Because personality is unique to a specific person, only that person can effectively analyze his/her own driving personality. However, many people don't even realize that their driving personality is anything that needs to be monitored and changed. However, our driving personality affects everyone that drives, and therefore, we should attempt to modify our driving personality so that the highways are safe.

Traffic Psychology In traffic psychology we are told that we are the experts. That we are the only ones that can modify our behavior while driving. The goal of Traffic Psychology is to monitor and change our driving personality so that we become better drivers.

Good Driver

I think that a good driver not only obeys the rules of the road, but also can adapt to the various situations that arise on the road without "losing it". There are many drivers that drive within the speed limit, don't tailgate, come to complete stops at every stop sign, and never cross solid lines. However, when they are put in heavy traffic or someone tailgates their car many of these drivers become upset and yell at other drivers or honk their. To me a good driver would be able to keep cool in any and all of these irritating situations.

Self Makeover

After noting my impatience and irritation while driving, I decided that I would need to find a way to relax when I began getting frustrated or mad. I decided to try some controlled breathing and meditation to help relax me when I felt myself getting frustrated with other drivers. I found that leaving even just five minutes earlier helped to control my impatience because I didn't feel as rushed to get to my destination. The controlled breathing didn't really work in reducing my irritation with other drivers and I continued to drive a little too close to the car in front of me. Then my sister went on a trip and I used her car for a week. Her car has a radio and air conditioning. (My car has neither of these.) I found that just the radio made the driving experience much more pleasant and I didn't even notice if other cars were tailgating me (or at least it didn't seem to bother me so much anymore. I definitely need to get a radio put in my car.

retrospective vs. on-going

In Dr. James's article he discusses one of the methods used in traffic psychology. The study of traffic psychology is largely based on self-witnessing reports. Many other fields also use this method, but Dr. James has implemented a form of self-witnessing that is no longer retrospective, but on-going. While driving, the students are asked to speak into a tape recorder and verbalize their thoughts, feelings and actions. I think that this method of on-going self-observation is much more reliable than the retrospective method. This is because there are many things that a person could forget that could possibly be very important to discovering the problem with his/her driving behavior. Also there may be things that the person doesn't realize were relevant at the time, but when listening to the tape he/she may better understand their affective and cognitive self, and therefore may be able to more readily change these things to become a better driver.

to the extreme 9

Dr. James also discusses extreme thoughts, actions and physiological responses while driving. A few years ago I had a boyfriend that was very intense and very angry a lot of the time. This tended to put a lot of stress on me and I found myself to be a terrible driver. When I was driving in traffic, because I was always so anxious, I'd tailgate other people and if they didn't move fast enough for me I'd switch lanes excessively. Sometimes a person would cut me off and I'd honk my horn and yell at them and I'd think to myself that that person was a total idiot. I didn't even know any of those people and yet I would think that they were just bad people and that they just didn't know how to drive. For example, one time I was in Waikiki and I was at a stop sign (I had just dropped off my boyfriend at work by the way) and I was making a right turn. I came to a complete stop and waited for the cars to pass. There were two lanes and the lanes closest to me ( the right lane) was clear so I proceeded, but just at that moment a tour bus was changing lanes into my lane. (She didn't put on her blinker) I honked my horn and she yelled at me so I yelled some profanity back at her and then proceeded to speed up and cut her off. I assumed that she was just a bitch and didn't know the rules of the road and didn't deserve for me to be courteous to her. During that era in my life I engaged in extreme and dangerous behavior all the time and now I realize how destructive that behavior can be.

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Week 10

This week we report our observations of convoys while driving. This has been something that we have been discussing since the second week of class and I don't imagine that I have anything extremely original to say, but these are the observations that I made.

Investigation of Convoys

After driving in several convoys, I realized that often times convoys are very comfortable for me. If I am driving in a relatively fast-moving convoy I don't get frustrated and I feel safe. I feel safe because I don't feel like I can get pulled over for speeding as long as I am traveling somewhere in the middle of the convoy. Usually I like to be the second car in the convoy. I like to call the first car the "navigator". This is the car that navigates the conditions of the road and hits the speed traps before I do so that I am prepared for whatever is to come before me.

Often times convoys are unavoidable. As long as I have to drive with other people on the road I figure that I might as well look on the bright side. Although there are times when I wish there were no other people in Hawaii that had cars, I know that as Isa states in her labreport, "there is safety in numbers.

week 11

This Generational Curriculum report is by a Lisa Miller. The title of her paper is Road Aggression: Bicycle and Car Interaction.


Lisa begins her report by defining aggression as an outward act aimed at harming another person. [see also driver aggression.] Lisa chose to discuss aggressive acts between car and bicycle operators because she would ride her bike during the week and on the weekends she would drive her car. She began by observing the aggressive acts of those around her. She saw that people who were commercial drivers (bus drivers, taxi drivers, etc.) and people who rode race bikes were more apt to act aggressively than casual drivers and riders. She hypothesized that this was because these people either needed to be somewhere in a hurry or were used to going fast and when they were prohibited from doing so they would tend to become aggressive. Lisa then went on to say that she thought seh would be more sympathetic to both bicyclists and motorists because she herself was both of these things. However, when she observed herself she found that she was everything but sympathetic. She decided to record all the aggressive acts that she committed by either writing it down or speaking into a tape recorder. After doing this she realized that by just being aware of her thoughts, feelings and actions, the number of her aggressive acts waned considerably.

What Did I Learn?

After reading this paper I started to notice that I also act aggressively on the road quite often. However, I usually don't act aggressively toward cyclists as much as i do toward motor vehicles. I also realized that being stopped or slowed from arriving at your destination on time does greatly promote aggression on the road. I think that both Lisa and I have learned to monitor our behaviors and will hopefully be able to control our aggression. In traffic psychology we are the experts and we are the only ones that can create a change in our driving behavior. Therefore, by being aware of the problem and attempting to modify our behavior I think that Lisa and I are on the road to recovery.

week 12

Tailgating: moral or immoral? Good question. Legal or illegal? Is it only illegal if you get caught? I think not. Spiritual implications. What?!?


There is no such word as tailgating in the dictionary. When I was younger tailgating meant that we were going to have a party in a parking lot before or after a football game at Aloha Stadium. It's called tailgating because people who drove trucks would put down the tailgate to sit on while they ate or whatever. This semester is the first time I have ever heard the word tailgate used to describe the action of following another car too closely. This seems like an inappropriate term because not every car has a tailgate. Perhaps the more appropriate term would simply be "tailing".

moral or immoral?

Each society dictates what is moral and immoral for that in-group. In our society tailgating has been determined to be a very irritating action for those that are being tailed. Some people even use this action as a form of aggression against others. Therefore, for me to say whether or not I think that tailgating is moral or immoral is irrelevant. Society says that it is immoral but to a lower degree than say killing someone or stealing. It is definitely an irritant and should be avoided at all times in order to assure that everyone has a pleasant driving experience.

legal or illegal?

According to the Hawaii driving manual the correct distance to be from the car in front of you is 3 seconds. Any less than 3 seconds can be considered illegal and a person can be pulled over and ticketed. However, as with the moral issue, tailgating is not seen as a major offense and is often over looked by police officers. Therefore, is it really illegal if you'll probably never get ticketed or arrested for doing it even when a police officer is present. That's kind of like the old question: if a tree falls in the forest but no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound? I think that the answer is yes.

spiritual implications

As a practicing Catholic I was always told to obey the 10 Commandments. There is no commandment that says thou shalt not tailgate, but as a general rule I think that the Commandments say that we should obey the law. If the law says that we shouldn't tailgate, then we probably shouldn't tailgate. However, I don't think that God will send anyone to hell for a little tailgating.

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week 13

More from previous generations about their bad driving habits. It's always nice to know that I'm no the only one with these faults.

temper, temper

This person discussed his problems dealing with his temper while driving. He says that once he was driving behind a person through Ala Moana beach park. The other person was going very slowly because they had one of those lowered VW bugs and there are several speed bumps along the beach park. I guess he was driving a little too close to the bug and the person in the bug got very upset and gave him the middle finger. This aggravated him very much and he started to pound his fists on his car door and then yelled at the driver of the bug.

I used to let my emotions get the best of me too. [see also my discussion of extreme feelings.] This guy really needs tio learn some relaxation techniques. He's very lucky that the people in the VW bug didn't get out of their car and beat him up or shoot him or something like that. This incident happened about 15 to 20 years ago and highway violence was not as severe as it is today, but letting our emotions get the best of us is never healthy.

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week 14


University of Nottingham Psychology Home Page
This doesn't actually have much to do with traffic or driving yet, but it has information about several different fields of psychology and perhaps in the near future it will have information about traffic psychology.

Car Audio Info.
Seein as how I don't have a stereo in my car I think that perhaps I should look into purchasing a new one. (stereo, not car)

I think that this is self-explanatory as to why this link is important.

week 15

It's finally the end. I can't believe that I actually made it through to week 15 without hanging myself first. Not only is this the week that I finish this long lab report file, but it is also the week that I graduate. Well, actually I don't graduate until next week (Sunday) and I may not graduate if I don't pass this class but, I'll jump off that bridge when I get to it.

What Have I Accomplished?

Now this is a good question. Well, I learned that I don't have to be completely computer illiterate if I don't want to. I don't think that my web pages are as neat and fancy as everyone else's. Beside that fact that I don't have all the cool pictures that most everyone else has, I also don't have any great witty comments about the whole experience and other people's observations like Todd Takitani and Diane Beauchemin do but, I think that considering how lost I was in the beginning of the semester, I think that I have come pretty far. I pretty happy with what I learned and what I accomplished this semester, and perhaps I will want to continue using the internet in the near future.


My advice to future students can be found in my previous lab reports under my suggestions. My suggestions to Dr. James would be to have all the files set up prior to the start of the semester so that the students can concentrate on learning about traffic psychology and have more fun surfing the net and spend less time stressing about the actual lab report files.

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