In our first week of class, I felt very lost. We discussed all types of issues and on top of it all, using the internet to do homework. We have already discussed in class the reasons behind why some people speed on the freeway, and drive very dangerously, People are constantly in a rush, and that gender differences make up how people drive. These three topics are what really interested me during the first few weeks of class.
Why do people drive so fast on the highways and cause dangerous situations to occur? According to what we discussed in class it could be one of several reasons. Among those ideas explored was the belief that drivers fell that they are expected to drive very fast on the highways, and thus follow a kind of self fulfilling prophecy. Drivers feel that they are "holding up" traffic and thus speed up themselves. By speeding up, they present a danger on the roads, they cause unsafe driving situations, and thus cause accidents to occur.
Another reason that we analyzed in class on why people drive so fast on the highways was that they suffer from schizophrenia, or some other rype of mental disorders. They envision or hear things that could cause accidents (e.g. voices, or halucinating). Some drivers that have personality disorders, or conduct disorders are already prone to violence, or irrationality, this makes for very hazardous conditions.
Another topic that was discussed in class was that people in our society are always in a rush. Whether it is to do work or play, people in our society are always trying to get places faster, do things quicker, and make things more convinient. People are not living in the moment and are always trying to look ahead for the future, and are always on a time schedule. A very good example of this is when classes get out at Kuykendall hall. Dr James quoted that normally when people move in orderly ranks through out the building, that "traffic" in the building moves very smoothly. However, when people stop to talk, those students that are in a rush are inconvenienced, and may thus become hostile. Dr. james himself quoted that he would "lower his shoulders" and bowl right through like a football player. Thus people who are not ordinarily violent, or aggressive may become so. Some peoplsay that people do not experience driving like they should. People do not enjoy driving anymore because of this. It is also because of this that people are more hostile and aggressive when driving.
The last topic which I found interesting that we discussed was the fact that men tend to be more aggressive drivers, than women. Men seem to be more aggressive than the"passive" women. According to what we discussed in class, men are raised to be more aggressive than women. According to a generational report that I had read, male children are encouraged to "show" their emotions, and to act on them. While girls are taught to be more constructive and less violent.
These topics were the ones that I found most interesting. I believe that these were very good examples of traffic psychology. These really explained why driving has become so dangerous, the type of society that we live in perpetuates the dangerous driving, and thus, must be examined
I received several different generational reports, from several different people, so I selected a few that were related to each other. I received reports from Leigh Nakata(Aggression, Children Killed in the Streets, and Improvement on My Awareness in Traffic.) Also, I received a paper done by Cheryl Choe (A Self-Fulfilling Prophecy.)By reading each individually, and connecting them together, I managed to come out with a better understanding of myself as a driver also.
In the article about Aggression, Leigh Nakata writes that children lean aggressive behaviors by watching the reaction of others. She also writes that children would tend to mimic the actions of others, so as adults, we are innately mimicking the actions of other adults in our past. As I reflect upon my driving style, I too have noticed that many of my actions in the car have been learned from watching others, and reacting to how they reacted. Leigh also stated in her report that perhaps it is television that is affecting the minds of the children, and it is what they watch on T.V. that is affecting their thinking. She also goes on to say that she feels that the world would be better if we can exclude aggressive behavior, however, she feels that doing that is impossible. Her solution for this is to"learn how to control our aggression better and watch our behaviors while others are present.
What Ms. Nakata proposes here is that children are killed when they "dash out" upon the streets. She goes on to say that a majority of these accidents involve more young boys than young girls. She also goes on to say that most of these types of accidents occur near residential areas and parks, all places where young children may be playing. She goes on to say that this occurs because young boys are more aggressive than young girls, and are taught to play rougher. Boys are supposed to follow hidden rules of masculinity that is hidden in our society. I felt that this is very true, for younger children. Many times have I been forced to "yell and scream" at young children who have almost dashed out in front of my car. Although I do not speed in residential areas, I see many people who do, and have also witnessed many near accidents where young children are almost runned over. Ms Nakata suggests that education is the best policy to prevent dashing out. I would tend to agree, guidelines must be set to control children. Also, people must be made aware that speeding in residential areas could cause a fatal accident. As common sense as that seems, many people still do speed near parks and homes, oblivious to the fact that young children may be about.
I would believe that Leigh's reports were very significant to today's driver. Many people still do speed on the roadways and cause very catastrophic accidents for the young children who "dash out" onto the roads. Perhaps aggression is a reason behind some accidents and dangerous driving styles. Whatever the cause ,like Ms. Nakata states, education is the key to safer driving and less fatalities.
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See Jae Isa's Report I would like to describe my experience with the internet as a travel through valleys and hills. At first, when I first started using the internet I was thrilled that it was such an interesting system, and that you could traverse a million miles on just a computer.
However, as I first used emacs (this is a valley), I became very frustrated. It was maddening that I couldn't do anything on emacs, and the instructions seemed so vague. However, with a little tinkering around with the back of people's pages, I became aware of how to use it and managed to earn a few bonus points in class for sending in my homework first.
Right now, I believe that I am figuratively standing on a hill. I have managed to learn how to do work on emacs, and am just beginning to explore the internet. I have a long way yet to go to become an expert on the internet, yet, I am excited and ready to face the challenge. So, I look forward to sending more e-mail to my friend on the mainland, and even doing more work on emacs (this is not an attempt to get cheap bonus points by kissing up!)
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We have done a few things since class began a few weeks ago. Among these have been presenting generational curriculum reports, and trouble shooting on the internet. Also, we have been talking about future activities on the internet.Something I look at with amusement is that this is traffic psychology, and the internet is called the information " super-highway".Perhaps getting stuck on trying to use emacs and other internet stuff is another way to become familiar with the super-highway. Trying to get into the unix while using a modem could actually be compared to being stuck in grid locked traffic, don't you think?
I was still unable to give my report to the class, since the last time we ran out of time. However, I believe that we have learned a lot since the first report the class gave. We observed that aggression on the road ways can lead to some very dangerous driving conditions. Some people driving may suffer from personality disorders and schizophrenia was another topic that was talked about.However the most important thing that we learned was that most of the people who reported the generational reports reported that they had improved their driving techniques and thinking.< Another thing that I became aware of is how easily people's emotions are affected by driving .
Perhaps the most emotional part of class was the troubleshooting we did during class. Troubles mounted so much that Terri almost broke into tears in the class. I can sympathize with her. Without any type of help, trying to figure out what we are doing using the web is very difficult. The help that we gave each other in class did help a little, but for the most part, it was my own effort that helped me to understand using the emacs. For the most part, I thought that the discussions we had in class were very productive, even though they could be frustrating at times.
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Upon looking at other's homework, I noticed that Michelle Ota had a very interesting homework completed. I then preceded to look at the homework assignment posted on the instructor's comments page. I felt that Michelle Ota's comments were very representative of the way The reason I linked to Ota's file was to experiment with a link .
Internet Experimentation was the way that I became familiar with the internet system.I followed links and looked at whatever was around. In time I grew to learn that the "/" key is also a good way to find something. I just try to generalize what I am looking for and use the key to help me to look for the subject that I need. When looking at the instructor's home page, I found that it was a lot more convinient to connect my links from my home page rather than to manually follow links around the topic. I felt that connecting from my home page would be easier than going through the hassle of just continuously following links around.
depression How do I fight depression? I just take a break from the typing that I am doing. When I first began doing emacs work I remembered becoming extremely agitated, as well as depressed with the work that I was doing, I began to mentally curse the instructor for giving us such a frustrating homework. Normally this is not the case for me, I guess under only extremely stressful situations I become like that. Normally, I find that I just sit back and try to put the situation into perspective. If I become really depressed, I find that a long hot shower does wonders for me. I usually find that after relaxing like that, I come back with even more creativity, and motivation to do better.
pessimism See also Claudia Kaneshiro's Report How do I combat Pessimism? I usually do the same things that I do when I am depressed. Sometimes I find that by just taking a little time away from the computer will motivate me to do better. I usually enjoy the challenge of facing a very difficult situation. I also noticed that it becomes really hard for me to concentrate when I run into problems and become frustrated, so a little relaxation time is really good for the mind.
[anchor]=hints I discovered that perhaps the best thing you can do when doing homework over the internet is to start early! This allows you the benefit of having time to look over your work and allows for time needed for corrections. Another good idea is to look at what other people have done, looking at other people's stuff may give you ideas about how to do your stuff (but don't plagerize). Another good idea is that if you are having trouble, by all means ask someone who can help you. If it wasn't for some of my Electrical Engineering friends, I would have never got this far on emacs, the people who work in the lab have absolutely no idea how to use emacs.Go to the top
I believe that Leigh's state of mind when she wrote this was very relaxed. She states that she noticed a marked change in her attitude toward driving since she started taking the class. Cheryl also seemed to have become aware of the self fulfilling prophecy, and seems to suggest that since she is aware of this that she will be more careful when driving. Something that Leigh wrote, also showed her state of mind. She seems to have improved her attitude about the class. She writes that "I thought that the class would end up boring, but surprisingly and gratefully, I am proud to say that it turned out intriguing".(I really wish this was on . html, that way I could stick an anchor here instead of writing of the whole thing.)
I think that each of the reports were very good, but I feel that they should put more of how their own personal habits were changed, or how the psychological terms affected them in general. Also, now that these reports can be typed on the web, it will be a lot easier to access than the "hard copies" that we received.
San diego report
This was really fascinating, I think that something like this should be implemented in the roads of Honolulu, it would be very convinient. This is an experimental system about to be tried out in the San Diego area, and is very helpful in establishing car density and speed on the San Diego Highways. The system helps establish the name of the area, and the speed that cars in the area. This could be helpful in that it would help drivers plot out different ways to their home, and would lessen the amount of time in traffic, as well as the chances of getting in an accident. Perhaps something like this should be implemented in Honolulu, I know that we certainly need it. This would help an individual plan their route home, not just tell the individual what areas to avoid.
Well, how can one not want to win a new car. When I saw this on Todd's report, my eyes almost jumped out, I thought "how cool" a way to win a car on the internet. Besides, they help sponser the traffic reports that I mentioned above. I want to win the car really bad!!!!
After reading his article on the internet, I was not surprised to find that "self-witnessing" did not take into consideration the content of the written work but rather the form of the report. By later reading the instructor's comments on class I reflected upon how I began this semester of frustration. We also did not receive any instruction on how to use the internet or any of its tools. I did notice that our class did become closer, and all of our work together did rather seem like group project" like the instructor had stated. But I have to agree with Kendall I also did find that the fact that the content of the reports were not looked at. I believe that at least some effort should be made to look at the content of the people's reports, there might be some very revealing information there. In fact, just by reading through the homework of our class, I already see a lot of great ideas, and it probably would be a good idea to have these labreports saved, much like the hard bound generational reports that we are currently reading.
After reading Dr. James' heading of Atmosphere I like many others tended to agree with Dr. James. A lot of us in the class seemed to just "explode" into productivity after a few of us got started. I'm not sure what got that started, but I'm sure that it had something to do with the cooperative attitude that we have in class. Whenever someone had a problem it was brought up and we tried to solve it. As for my motivation, I always felt that I was falling behind, see my comment on Ota. Perhaps it was this feeling of competition that motivated me to get these reports done, and to reaarage my home page architecture every week.
See Ross' Labreport I found that Kyle's week 8 report was absolutely hilarious!!! I couldn't stop laughing after reading his report, I guess he's the Psy 409 equivalent of Tod Takitani. I really enjoyed the humor in his report, especially when he commented that he thought that he should be mentioned in the awards section of the instructor's comments. I also really enjoyed the fact that in his Week 6 homework, he put as one of his links, a link to David Letterman's Top 10 list. This is something I try not to miss, and could contribute sometimes to my driving technique. However, hidden inside of all his comedy, Mr. Fujii has a lot of good advice. One of his suggestions is to avoid looking at the screens for a long time. Another good piece of advice,which I have on my own labreport is not to procrastinate, for once you fall behind, its really super hard to catch up. On the other end of the spectrum, I found Cherryl Remata's labreport to be very analytical and down to the point. She does not use humor like Kyle does, however, she also puts forward a very good labreport. Another reason why I liked her report was that she mentioned me in one of her reports. When I first made links to her report, they didn't work, I wondered why and looked at the back of the psy 409 homepage. Come to find out, that her name in the file is spelled Renata, this was a cause of some grief to me, I thought that I once again screwed up one of my links. Another Lab Report, that really caught my eyes was that of Grant Harada. His homepage was unreal, it has all of the homework listed up to the final one. His homepage is really great, I was really impressed with it. Another thing that really impressed me was the way his lab reports and homework was written, they were very nice, and easy to understand. The one problem I had was seeing where he made links to my stuff. I think he made a comment from his week 8 report to my rush anchor, but I had a really hard time spotting it. I guess it was because I was just too used to watching for my name, which was highlighted. This is a good lesson for me, I have to learn to keep a better look out for people's stuff, than just breezing through and looking for my name. Finally, I want to comment about someone who is in both classes. I figured that I can comment about her stuff even if her labreport file is in our class file. Of course the person that I am talking about is Diane Beauchemin. I found her lab reports funny also, especially her Elevator fun stuff.
Comments on Dr. James' Comments
For a few months now, Dr. James has had the same awards file, as well as comments on it. This, I feel, should change. My name has been up there too long, and I feel that others in the class, such as Michelle Ota, Jae, Kendall, and Terri (for her perisistance in learning the internet) should be recognized. I don't think that I did anything that was really that great, and the stuff I did earlier would pale in comparison to some of the stuff people in both classes have on their labreports now. Not only this, but there is one area, that I asked Dr. James to fix earlier, I think it was in his Leoncomments file. The particular reference that I write about is the one where he calls me a "she". Why? I don't know, maybe it was before he got to know all of us, but I hope that he changes that, I know it shouldn't bother me, but it sometimes does. Another comment that I read talked about how Dr. James loved the EMACS editor, YUCK! I think that it is really hard and distracting to use. Not only do you have to think about making all the links and anchors work, but you also have to think about writing a semi-decent report, so that there's some content to the flashy anchors and reports. Sure, maybe this thing is really powerful, and can connect so many things to all over the place, but the problem is the work and time to do it all. Now I don't doubt the fact that someone needs to spend at least 20 hrs on this thing to make it look good. Hmmmm, maybe thats something else Dr James can put on the course description, "don't take this course unless you have a lot of time to devote to the computer."
Week 9 intro
To me, a driving personality makeover is identifying where you lack in youur driving, and correcting it. How do you go about locating your "deficiencies"? Either through self-witnessing, or through others telling you about your problem. I think that Joleen Lai's is a good description of what it is.
To me, a good driver is one who manages to take responisbility for not only their own safety on the roads, but also those of others. I feel that we all are goood drivers at certain times, but sometimes we forget that we are not the only ones on the roads, and thus become dangerous. What do I feel about my driving? Well I guess I guess I have to become a little more patient with others.
Well, as for me I guess I really could use a driving personality makeover. I noticed several things during my own self witnessing. I noticed that when I drive on Kauai as compared with Oahu, I am more stressed out. Why is this? I really don't know, Oahu is supposed to be more stressful. Those small two lane highways on Kauai are supposed to be easier than here on Oahu. I noticed that I become more hostile when I'm back home, my friends all tell me I swear a lot more on the roads of Kauai as compared to Oahu. Another thing was that I talked to Michelle Ota about driving on Kauai. She attempted to drive at speed limit on the roads of Kauai, just as I had. We both found that people swear, honk, pass, and flick us the bird if we drive speed limit. Here on Oahu, my driving is still not the greatest, I still swear, and "have evil thoughts" about the other driver, but not as bad as on Kauai. Maybe its because I have an airconditioner in the car I use up here as compared with none in the car back at home. Hmmmm this is something that I can consider. Another thing is that as I observed my driving in convoys, I found that I don't like to be caught in the middle or at the back of the convoy. It seems that I get a little nervous when I'm in the middle of convoy, I guess its a type of claustrophobia of traffic. I'm afraid that someone will hit me, or I would do something to "screw" someone else up. So, I always attempt to be the leader or I try to stay away from convoys.
My Driving Personality Makeover
For my driving personality makeover, I have a few suggestions. First I guess I could decide not to drive on Kauai (not!). In reality I guess I have to come to realize that the roads belong to everyone, and I am not the only one there. I also have to come to grips with my "fear?" of convoys. But, I think that the most important thing that I have to do is to control my anger and to be more aware of my actions on the road. I should stop being so hostile to others and realize that my hostility may have a negative reaction on others on the road, and could thus affect the driving of others. Another thing is that I shouldn't speed so much. Sometimes, when I get really upset in traffic, I get reckless (yes this is very dangerous and really needs to be adressed).
Dr. James' Article
After looking at and reading Dr. James' article I can relate to some of the comments that both he and the students have made. The first area that I would like to comment on is on that of extreme reactions. As I commented above I noticed that I have displayed the behaviors that Dr. James' wrote about.
How do I drive in convoys? Well take a look at my Week 9 labreport. Like I said, I get really nervous in heavy traffic, which in turn makes me really paranoid about my driving. What I noticed was that I prefer to be either at the front or back of the convoy, not in the middle. Why is this? I think that it is because of being "trapped" in between all kinds of cars, perhaps my freedon is being restricted.
My Observations in Convoys
How did I come about examining my own driving in convoys? I examined my reactions to what happened in the certain situations I found myself in. I would make mental notes about what had happened, and then when I reached home, I would write it down.I usually drive with my friend, or my girlfriend, so I also asked them about my driving in the convoys, and much like Jae's sisters, they jump at the oppurtunity to critisize me. I think, other than the few over exagerations of my friends, my and their observations are quite accurate, they are after all, my emotions, and observations.
What I Found
I found that I really hate driving at the rear of a convoy. I feel that (even though I shouldn't) the drivers ahead of me are blocking my way to my destination. I speed up and try everything to get around the convoy, if I still can't get in front or away from the convoy, I'll choose to slow down, and leave the freeway. However, being in the back is a lot better than being in the middle of the convoy. When in the middle of the convoy, I really feel nervous, cars all around me. I feel that I can't make a single mistake, as I could be responsible for the lives of everyone around me. I become more attentive, as well as edgy, I don't want to be the cause of an accident. Sometimes I wonder if I have claustrophobia, as I get really tense in the middle of the convoys, especially if there is little room around my car. Now being in the front, thats a different story. I really enjoy being at the front of a convoy, there is so much freedom to maneuver (ok not all of the time). I don't feel cramped, or that someone is blocking my way. But the bad things are that if I speed, (I don't do it too often) I might be caught, and those following me may not. Also, I really hate it when people tailgate me.
Implications for Traffic Psychology and My Own Prognosis for Change
How does my observations fit in with traffic psychology? Well, it will help me identify problem areas with my driving persona.I can identify problems at all levels of my driving, and help to correct them. I can learn to control my anger (Affective Level), try not to think that any drivers are trying to kill me in the convoy (Cogintive Level). Finnally, not speed up, or do anything dangerous in that sense (Sensorimotor Level). I think that in order to fully realize if I changed or not will be to observe myself for a period of time and to maintain "good" driving, especially in convoys.
Generational Report 2
After reading Gregory Takeda's "My Personality in Traffic: A Myriad of Personalities", the only thing I could think of was Hoooooo Boy! This person seems to have a lot of hostility in him, and seems almost like what Dr. James calls Cartoon Characters. This guy talks about a lot of stuff people do, and the cruel things that he wants to do to them. Seems like he needed a serious driving personality makeover, or some time in the State Mental Hospital. Mr. Takeda talks about a few areas that he needed to improve, these included his behavior in: Avoiding the crowds, waiting at the crosswalk, problems with bicycles, holding doors open, and illegal street crossing. After looking at these reports, I took a deep sigh, and wondered at how Mr. Takeda is doing now. Hopefully he improved his attitudes in traffic, or we are all in trouble if he's on the road.
Mr Takeda's Experiences
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Well, I really hope that he was joking about some of the things that he said he felt and did. Begining with his attitudes in avoiding the crowds. Mr. Takeda writes that he felt that people in the hallways of buildings were moving slow to purposely slow him down. He also said that he felt as if his personal space was being invaded since it was so crowded. He also wrote that he felt like running them over by just lowering his shoulders. To improve this, he wrote thathe will try to prevent from getting angry and not to lower his shoulders, and "kill" people. This kind of sounds like Dr. James before he improved his behaviors in traffic see my Rush comment.
His next area of improvement was in waiting at crosswalks. Mr Takeda reported that he feels that he has the right of way at crosswalks, and gets very angry when cars don't let him cross. In fact, some responses to cars that go by are his having to curse at them, or even think about spraying those cars with a machine gun, smashing them with a hammer, or launching missles at them. He says this shows a dark and spiteful side of his personality (I agree), and that he should change. He shouldn't get angry just because he is being inconvieninced. He said that he still encounters resistence to his changing, but is trying very hard. The hardest part, according to him was trying to restrain his feelings of anger and violence. Another way he has modified his behavior is by just "jolting out" onto the street to make the cars stop (he said it works, but I think he's really lost it).
Bicycle Riders Beware
It seems that Mr. Takeda has a real problem with bicycle riders. He feels that these riders are out to get him, and that the children that ride them are really stupid and have no concern for the safety of those around them. He says that these children force him off the sidewalk, and that this makes him angry. He plays games of "chicken" with them, not veering off his path, or forcing others off. This makes him feel victorious, those that don't move, he feels like knocking them off their bikes and beating them up (oh please, seek some help, these are little kids). In trying to modify his behavior, he feels that he runs into a lot of resistance. He said he has difficulty in changing his "irascability", and has problems controling his feelings of violence. His "successes" are to think that bike riders are "idiots" and accept them as such.
This guy doesn't even like to open doors for other people. He says that it takes away his personal space and sense of individuality. He said he modified this by trying to open doors for others and understanding that by doing such, not only is he making other people's days better. This good feeling he says makes his whole day better. Of all of his modifications, I think that this is his best success.
Even in Jaywalking, Mr. Takeda finds some sort of competition. He tries to race with other jaywalkers further down the street and see who can make it across the street faster. This is dangerous as they bolt out in front of cars and zig zag across the street. His modification for this is not to think of jaywalking as a competition and to not jaywalk at all.
What I Learned
For me, I guess that I learned that this guy is in everyone of us. All of us make thoughts of blowing up people at one time or another, and sometimes our really bad side comes out. This Dark Driver is in all of us, and it is up to us to decide whether he comes out or not. Maybe through modification of our emotions, and personality, it will help us improve our driving, and thus help us formulate our own driving personality makeover.
Problems Tailgating and Computers
Well doesn't this sound familiar, the paper that I did on how to make my driving experience more pleasureable was wiped out. One of my roommates, "stole" a disk labeled "assorted files:DO NOT TOUCH" and formated the whole darn thing, he claims he thought it was his.....oh well. Anyway, I still get nervous when I'm in heavy traffic, and still attempt to leave one car length between myself and the next car. The only problem, other cars, in their hurry squeeze into the smallest spaces, and drive very, very, insanely. I personally don't like to tailgate, when I'm in traffic, especially on the freeway, I always asume that the driver in front of me is capable of anything, so I really try to give space for breaking, even if it is a little. If I'm being tailgated, I just get really nervous again, and try to pay attention to whats in front of me. I guess my biggest frear in being tailgated in that one day I'm going to make a stop, and then BOOM, rear ended. I think that tailgating is also one of the reasons behind dangerous driving on the freeway. I agree with Carol in that "pushing" does occur. Sometimes when I'm at the head of a "convoy" I speed up when I get tailgated. I feel that I'm the one thats holding up traffic and other things so I do speed up. But I also realize that I'm causing a traffic hazard, I'm speeding and this could be potentially dangerous.
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Well, for me at least, I feel that tailgating is morally wrong. I don't like to do it, and besides its dangerous. I try to give people a little room between my car and the other, even in heavy traffic, granted, I always end up really close to someone because of the sucking in effect, but I really do try to give them room. I wonder what we would find out if a study was done to examine the amount of accidents caused by tailgating, both directly and indirectly. I know that the person in front of me is another human being, with their own individual feelings and reactions. I really can't tell how, if I tailgate them, they will react, they may be violent, they may get nervous, or angry. As for me, when I get tailgated, I get a little disturbed, I wonder why the driver behind me is so impatient, and selfish. Yes, I do get a little angry, but what does getting angry solve? Nothing much. So, its not really worth getting angry after being tailgated.
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I think that most drivers are safe drivers, its that under certain conditions they forget about others around them and thus cause misery and pain. I don't think that tailgating itself will get anyone sent directly to hell, and those that don't get sent to heaven. I feel that it is what happens as a result of those actions that you take that will get you sent to heaven or hell. People don't realize what a hazzard it is to tailgate, and may inadvertently rear end someone, causing pain and suffering. To the perpetrator, it may seem like a minor and small incident, but he does not know what kind of pain he has caused those that he hit. Or even if the tailgater does not hit the car in front of him, they may have put that driver in a sour mood, and thus affecting the happiness of those around them. My motivation is the fact that I would not be able to live with myself if I caused anyone that kind of misery and would be in my own "living hell." Not to also the final judgement when you die. So, at least in my mind, want to stay out of hell, don't tailgate, and try to think of those around you.
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After recieving two generational reports, I didn't know which one to do, so I decided to chose the older report done by Glenn Wong in the summer of 1988. Reasons for my choice included the fact that the older paper was a Field Obeservation report, as compared to an Annotated Biography. Thus, I chose the report titled "Driving and Agression." In his introduction, Mr. Wong suggests that he notices that agression is very common on todays thoroughfares, and that the objective of this report was to examine how agression was related to his own driving. He said that in order to do this, he would observe himself as he drove, and would present data from a self change experiment that he was going to conduct. His ultimate goal was to change his behavior, and try to be less agressive (sounds like a driving personality makeover to me).
Mr. Wong reported two incidents that confirmed his theory of agression. The first incident involved a driver that had come to a complete stop in front of him, in order to make a turn. Since he was in a rush, Mr. Wong began to get irritated, and decided to go around the turning truck, and as he passed, he swore and cursed. He wrote that he felt the driver of the truck was stopping traffic in order to prevent him from getting to the place he needed to be. In the second incident, Mr. Wong took a wrong lane on the freeway, and was attempting to get into another lane. However, as traffic was backed up, no one let him into the lane. Mr. Wong got angry at himself first for taking the wrong lane, but slowly the rage turned toward the other drivers, for not having the "courtesy" of letting him into the lane. He also started to blame the people trying to merge onto the freeway, saying they were stupid for not knowing the right way to get on or off a freeway. Already in a bad mood, and late, Mr. Wong speeded the rest of the way to his destination.
Analysis of Wong's Reactions
Mr Wong came to realize that in each of the cases, he felt as if he was losing something, either losing time or personal space (on the freeway). He said that instantly he became defensive and immediately began to react according to his feeling threatened. He also said that by identifying his problems, he can actually solve them. In his self modification experiment, he decides to stay in the middle lane no matter what happened. During this experiment, he left a space in dront of his car, and would only stay in the middle lane. He describes one incident where he had the choice of changing lanes, and not letting someone into his lane or not changing lanes and letting someone take a little room in front of him. He let the person take the space and felt good doing it. What Mr. Wong said was that he didn't feel that he was in a rush, and therefore may have felt good letting the person take his space. He also acknowledged the fact that if he were in a rush he may have reacted differently. Theonly way Mr. Wong can really find out is to see if he elicits the same reaction when he is in a rush, that is when he can really find out if his makeover has really worked.
What I Learned
Well, the only thing that I can say is that I flt he did a really good job in his self witnessing experiments. However, the insight that I gained was that self witnessing only works if you continuosly do it, not just abandon it. I really wonder how Glen is driving on the roads now.Is he a reformed driver, or is he still in a rush, and getting angry? The only thing that I can wish is that he is a reformed driver and is driving safely on the streets of wherever he may be.
Annotated Biography and Lab Report
Go to my Index
I found most of my articles on the webcrawler, however, I also used Veronica and came up with a lot of good articles and pieces of information. I have a lot of entries in my bookmarks file, however, I will only chose 10 of the best articles that I like. To come up with the entries, I entered the key words Driving, Accidents, Drinking and Driving, Cars, and Traffic. There were a lot of articles that interested me, so I put a lot of them into my bookmark file. Oh, an explination of the Niki Taylor page (shes a supermodel)I put that in to demonstrate that sometimes drivers get into accidents while looking at that "cute guy" or "cute girl."
This guy strangely reminds me of Hawaii's own Captain Irving. Seems that Cap'n Bob really enjoys driving, so much so that he is going to have automotive tips and stuff. Not only that but he also seems to have his oen racing team, how interesting. Its good that someone that really enjoys driving is in the air to give reports about traffic, maybe thats what people need when stuck in traffic a little bit of humor. Perhaps that is what is missing in the afternoon radio shows in Hawaii, a little bit of humor to help make the pain of being in rush hour traffic, as well as baking in the sun, a little more fun.
Goodyear Tire Company Page
To the Top of Week 14
This really surprised me, a page by the Goodyear Tire Company. Go Here to see it. However it seems to be a very good location. This page gives tips on how to purhcase tires as well as tips to keep your tires in good condition. There is also a link that discusses safe driving. This is a good idea by the company in realizing that by putting something on the net, it will reach many, many people.
York Traffic Web
This Web area discusses how using traffic lights can reduce the flow and congestion in urban areas. This is all the way from the U.K., having been there and knowing how the drivers are, I can understand the need for this. I also think that the Engineers in Hawaii should take a close look at this and perhaps create their own page for Hawaii. Perhaps even the Hawaii Traffic Web, maybe this will help in reducing the traffic and congestion we have in our streets and freeways.
Advances for the Future
There is an article that I found on Veronica that mentions the use of Supercomputers to help design the Super cars of tomorow. This article discusses how by using the supercomputer, scientists are able to design new engines and make remarkable strides in the design and make of future cars. I thought that this was important as these will be the cars that we will be driving in the future. Perhaps these cars will have the capability of driving themselves and just letting the humans be the passengers. At least people won't have to worry about tailgating, the computer would make that choice for them. Perhaps the computer will even be able to decide routes that will avoid heavy congestion, through use of the future internet. Another advance for the future is that there is research being done to use hydrogen as fuel for cars. Why did I put this in, and what is it's relavence to traffic psychology? Well, in the future if hydrogen is able to be used as a fuel for cars, it will be a "clean" fuel source, and be able to produce a lot of power. This could end the United State's dependece on foriegn fuels, and lessen pollution. The relavence for traffic psychology is that it might make driving more pleasureable, you won't end up getting blasted by a cloud of diesel from a bus, thus ruining your day. It could also help improve your overall attitude in traffic.
Articles on Drinking and Driving
Go to the Top
I cannot state how strongly I feel toward drinking and driving. For this case I have included two articles that I found on Veronica while doing a seach on drinking and driving. The first involves the Cost to America from drinking and driving. It states that an alcohol related crash occurs every half an hour, and that it costs society $800,000. How frightening, this article also suggests how people should plan ahead if they plan to drink. Be prepared to have a designated driver, and even if you do have a designated driver, not to drink a lot. The second Article discusses the effect alcohol has on traffic accidents. This article stated that the current amount of deaths from drinking and driving has decreased a little over the 1991-1992 years. However, drinking and driving is still the biggest killer of teenagers in the US (although gang violence is catching up). We all have to realize that drinking and driving is stupid, and plays a large role in traffic safety. This is why I included these two articles. I do not want to die on the roads because of someone drinking and driving.
Humor on the Web
This is another area that I found a lot of stuff on. Among the stuff I found was Mark and Brian, and a couple of guys that need to have driving personality makeovers. The first article talks about the different kinds of drivers there are and the types of cars that they drive, beware the 80year old in the Ferrari! The second joke talks about installing a TOW missle launcher in his Miata to prevent anyone from tailgating him, since he feels the slow down and let him pass strategy does not work. Although it may seem that they are cruel (and I'm sure they need a driving personality makeover) I think that this part was quite funny, it reminds me of how I was before I took this class. Thinking about how these guys must act is humor enough. The reason why Mark and Brian are on is because they also provide humor to people. Like I said in my Cap'n Bob area, humor relaxes us and puts us in a better mood for driving, this is why I included it into my biography. Another reason being that the two guys that wrote the above articles could use a goos makeover.
When I first began in this class, I was completely lost. I had no clue on how to work with the UNIX system or even the WWW. After a lot of hours experimenting, I finally managed to get something up on the Web. It was really hard at first, but with practice, I got better, as did the rest of the class. By mid-term, I was getting an A, but after that I put things on cruise control and fell a little behind. A lot of other people have really great WEB pages, and mine cannot even compare. I tried to write a lot, but I don't have the same amount of content as others in the class. Hopefully what I had done was enough to get me an A in the class.
Other's Web Pages
I want to comment on the pages of those people that just blow away my labreports. First of all there is Jae's labreport. She is great, she has icons and images all over the place. Not only that but she has a tremendous amount of links and pages of writing, I'm really impressed with her stuff. Also, there is Carol's labreport. Carol is not done yet, but she already has over a hundred pages of writing. A hundred pages, I cannot even attmept to get that close with my writing. Her writing is also really impressive. Finally there is the king of our class.... Tod. This soft spoken guy has single handedly made our labreports pale in comparison. I wish I had the time and effort to put into my labreport that Tod did. His stuff is really funny as well as intelligent. It was really great just being able to look at his Web pages and reading it. There are a lot of other people that impressed me also. There are the colorful pages of Todd Crawford, who managed to catch up after midterms, and create an impressive labreport himself. The whole class in general made great strides this semester, and should be commended, I really enjoyed being a part of this experience.
Was It Worth It?
Was it worth it, all of the pain and time that we had to put into this class? I would say yes. All of us gained an opportunity to work on the wave of the future, the internet, and post our findings on the net. I mysaelf wrote more in this class than in any other class I have taken at the Univesity. I was able to see the writings of my other classmates and bring it up in case I needed help in something. I also think that this class helped us all gain a better appreciation for our driving in traffic, as well as the dynamics of traffic. One area of traffic psychology that might be interesting to talk about that we did not talk much about was/is rubber-necking. I see a lot of traffic jams caused by people slowing down to look at what has happened. I personally feel that this is something that should be looked at. Why do people slow down to look at injured people or their wrecked cars? How many people do you know of that look at those cars and think to themselves, gee maybe that could have been me if I were speeding? Rubber-necking is an important part of traffic psychology that can be examined further.
How Far Did I Get
I really wished I could get further in this labreport, I don't think I did as much as I wanted to. If I could I would add a lot of other things to my bookmark file, stuff that I like to do and look at. This is in direct reference that Reisner and Myself proposed in class, to have another home page created, one that you can use for fun, and not just one for traffic psychology. Perhaps if I am allowed to maintain my page after this year, I might be able to finish, make it look nicer.... I do feel that keeping your homepage is a good idea, also posting it on the WWW makes it almost indestructable. Paper can always burn or get eaten by bugs, not so on computers (although bugs do give you trouble). It is much easier to keep in good condition, and it is easier to see other's labreports as well. Hopefully, people that read my labreport in the future will enjoy it the way I enjoyed reading others Generational Reports (although not like I enjoyed Takeda's Report). It took a lot of time on not only the computer labs at Keller, but also borrowing the modem from my roommates. I spent many hours I really don't know how much, on putting this together. I klept asking questions, and managed to finish Ok. I had a few frustrating moments, but overall I guess I am happy with how far I got in this class.
On Dr. James
The Cyberspace learning community has really grown. Dr. James is perhaps one of the leaders in doing this at the University of Hawaii, and I am happy to have been part of this class. After reading Joleen's comments, I had to agree, Dr. James put a lot of work getting this cyberspace learning community together. He had to do it for not just one class, but two of them. I can imagine the countless hours of work that he had to put into this. However, I think that this cyberspace learning community will benefit many students for years to come.
I think that this genertational report should be maintained in the future and that the older reports should be put online. What made this class hard for some of us was that many of us did not have modems at home, and were forced to work at the labs. However, with the improved course description, I think that more people with modems are going to be taking the class. This will be able to give people the chance to pick out any labreport they chose to view from the past. When I used to go to the Keller labs to do my work I used to see that the room was reserved, how about reserving the computer room for these classes, at least for the first few weeks, it will give the students a chance to learn Emacs and Pico under supervision, and will prevent the hours of anxiety I had experiencedtrying to find out how it worked. Also, by supervising them, Dr. James can show the students the anxiety we suffered doing our first several reports. It will give people the chance to look at the writing of people they knew before, and the chance to see how the Web has changed over time. I'm sure one class in the near future will look at our work and say "how primative."
Suggestions for Later
I would suggest that people become familiar with the Emacs or whatever editor they are using very fast. It is very easy to fall behind in this class, and perhaps having a small lab to help those who neeed help would be a good idea for later classes. Another suggestion would be to consider the implications of traffic psychology as it relates to the "information superhighway." They are many familiar traits of surfing the net, and driving. Such as frustration being stuck in traffic jams (lag time on the computer). Feelings of anger toward other drivers (wondering what other users are doing to clog up the computer). As well as feeling frustrated toward the computer (Remata's anger at the computer). But for the most part I think that future generations will adjust easier than we did to this class perhaps they will have more experience on the information highway, as more classes turn to this format. I will probably keep up with my work on the Web, through another server of course, but I don't mind others reading of our experiences on the Web and in our traffic psych class.
I think that everyone in our class deserves an award, they stuck it out despite the work. Everyone in our class probably put countless hours in at the lab or in front of a terminal (spoiling our eyes,joke). Those that dropped the class don't know what they are missing, it was really fun. As for the awards section of the Instructor's comments, I think that it was upgraded not often enough. Like I said earlier, I was a "she" for a very long time in the labreport comments area. Well, thats all I have to say, after a very long and tiresome semester I'm graduating.....Along with half of our class......Good Luck to future generations of Psy 459 and 409 students, If the format of throwing you into the fire on the first few weeks remain intact, you'll need it. Thaks again Dr. James for an interesting semester.
[anchor]=Week 5 CommentsKendall and Michelle can you please link to this , thanks
After reading Kendall's comments I had to agree with him and Michelle on the fact that Terri got to town in just fifteen minutes. Thats a pretty far drive, and she must have been driving like a Kamikaze pilot to something like that! Maybe it's just me, I don't drive here in Honolulu a lot, but I know I can't make that kind of time back home on Kauai for an equal distance.
Week 7 Comments, the hot new links
In my intro to week 7 home work, I said that Tod Takitani had a really great report, and that I was awe struck at how everyone else was doing. There were also several other people that are doing very well on their labreport files. For some reason, these people are those that are usually very quiet in class and usually say something only when asked. The people that I'm talking about are, Carol Balatico, Tod Takitani, Joleen Lai, and Michelle Ota. I really feel that these people are really on it.
Looking at Michelle's homework was really frustrating for me, I thought that I had put a lot of work into doing my report, but by looking at her report, I know that I didn't spend enough time on it. Every time that I looked at her stuff, I guess I felt a sense of competition with her. I guess since we were the first to actually get started in the class, I thought that my work should be up to par with her. Thanks to Michelle, I can say that my labreports are that much better. I also read her comments on Veronica and I had the same problems, which could be why I chose the easier stuff :). Not to be sexist or anything, isn't it ironic that it has a woman's name.... ?
Carol, has come a long way from the first time we did the report together. Now I think I have to ask her for advice in doing homework. Just by looking at her labreport I am really awed. She makes a lot of good points, and wrote almost 50 pages of insights. This is really helpful for me especially her views on Week 7's homework. It really shows the amount of time that she goes through just writing for this class, and thinking about her topics. Besides, I really do intend to one day make use of her offer for an eye check up at her work place:).
Isa Jae is the greatest, she is really shy in class, but her reports say it all. She is really insightful, and to me at least, she seems to be really happy. If you don't believe me, check out her homepage and labreport, they are covered with "smileys."Not only that, but she has a whole buch of links to everywhere. I know that she spends a lot of time on her labreports as she said, that her boyfriend is getting jealous of the computer. Maybe Jae can get her boyfriend addicted to the computer also, and they both can share in the fun of a cyberspace learning community.