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One of the topics i thought was the so termed accordion effect. I thought that this effect is true and I have been a part of the process many times.It usually occurs during traffic time. When the traffic starts moving, a huge space appears between the car in front of me and myself. Then as traffic starts slowing down again, the space grows smaller. As much as possible, I try not tolet the space get too big because I hate people cutting in front of me. I also hate it when there is little space to begin with but someone cuts in anyway. And then they think that by waving "thank you" it makes everything all right. I don't think so.
A second topic that I thought was funny was the so called "invisible effect." This is when people think that by being in their car, they are invisible to the outside world. It was very funny when someone in class mentioned people digging their noses at stoplights and such because I have seen it many times myself. These people shove that finger up their nose like they're digging for gold or something and they think that others around them can't see. Another thing people do in their cars when they are by themselves is sing. I do this myself many times. What's funny is when you're listening to a radio station and the person in the car next to you is listening to the same station and singing the song and it looks to you like they are lip synching the song.
A third and final topic that I enjoyed the discusion on was about the freedom that goes with having your own car. I have to admit that I don't think that I could ever give up my vehicle. Although it may not have an air conditioner since it is broken, it is nonetheless my car, my personal pride and joy. I can listen to the music I like and leave the car how I want to (which is usually kind of messy). It has been like this ever since I got my license. I don't think that I could ever go back to catching the bus again. With a car you can go at your pleasure instead of trying to make the bus on their time. I think that even if there was mass transit, I don't think that I would ride it as my main form of transportation and I think a lot of people feel that way too. I think that in Hawaii, a car is a sense of freedom especially since the cost of living is very high here. A car is a person's pride and joy.
Driving in a Pack
I thought that Dee, the person whose generational curriculums I had read, wrote well articulated and sometimes amusing pieces. One of the pieces that I would like to reflect on regards reasons why we drive in a pack. Dee had some very good reasons for why we do this on the road. Personally, I do this myself sometimes. One of the reasons she said we drive in a pack is to have a reference group that we can compare ourselves to and can offer a sense of security as well as some boldness. If everyone else is going above the speed limit, then it must be all right. However, you assume that everyone else is driving allright which is sometimes always not the case. A second reason she gave for driving in a pack is conformity. She said that we want to be right and gain acceptance. So we should drive like all the others are. Driving in packs does have its effects, which she also covered and I thought were very true.
One of the effects that I have seen often and sometimes find myself doing is the bystander effect. It happens when someone needs help. Others are present and the thought is that everyone assumes the other persons will stop and lend a hand so in reality no one stops to help. I have seen it numerous times - someone has a flat tire and everyone keeps passing by - including me. I think that part of the reason is not only the bystander effect, but in this day and age a lot of people are caught up in their own world tryin to get from one place to the other. I consider myself a helpful person, but a lot of times when I am driving, it is because I am busy and trying to reach a destination, not because I don't wish to help.
Another effect which was discussed was the social interaction that takes place between drivers. For example, eye contact with another driver when you are trying to merge into another lane in traffic is a social interaction. You are trying to make contact so that the other person my be more apt to let you in. Of course this is not always the case. I have found myself in situations where another driver has not let me in despite making eye contact as well as turning on my signal light because the lane up ahead has been blocked off. Some drivers are just simply rude. However, social interaction can prove to be positive and promote cohesion among drivers. When people drive in a pack they are part of a group. Overall, I thought that this was a well written and interesting.
Dee also wrote a paper on something unique about traffic - pedestrian traffic. One of the things she talked about is what she called "Right v. Left." It's funny but you never really think about things like this until you really analyze it. It seems natural to us but we never question why we walk on the right instead of the left side of the walkway. She noted that she has seen it on staircases and almost everywhere else. She also noted of the walkway troubles we sometimes encounter when two people are coming straight towards each other and both move in the same direction to go around and they sort of "toggle." Dee is very perceptive because now that I think about it, it is so true. I think on e of the reasons why we walk on the right, which I think we discussed in class is because we drive on the right as well. Therefore it seems natural for us to do the same when we are walking. It would be interesting to know if people in Japan walk on the left since they drive on the left. I think that would make an interesting study.
Dee also discussed the varying degree of speed that people walk. You see them all the time. There are those that walk at a very slow pace that stop to smell every single flower. Then there are those at the other end of the spectrum who walk at a very fast speed like they're on some kind of mission who bulldoze over anyone in their way. She also mentioned rude people who block the sidewalk walking at a slow pace blocking someone trying to get around them. I have been in that situation myself where I am trying to get somewhere but the people in front of me are moving at a snail's pace. In my situation, most of the time I am pretty much a fast walker. I think that I learned to walk this way when I spent some time in Japan. Everyone up there walks at an amazingly fast speed so I had to walk just as fast lest I get run over by people. Since then I have continued to walk at that speed. But I do walk slower if I'm talking with someone or I have just finished a long hard day. Dee is a very well articulated and descriptive writer. I had the joy of having discussions with her when we were together in PSY 478. She is a very intelligent person and I had a great pleasure in reading her papers for this report.
I think that one word could sum up my feelings on my internet activities - FRUSTRATED!!!! From the start, I was very apprehensive. Prior to this all I had used a computer for was to type papers up for my classes. I never imagined the other things that computers could do. One reason I was frustrated was because everything that was said in class literally went over my head. Of course not being able to get into the CSS Server until the other week didn't really help at all. When I finally was able to get in, I was further lost. The program that I am writing my report on now didn't have any codes on how to do such things as underline or backspace which I think is really stupid because it puts people who don't really know about computers that much at a greater disadvantage. It's very different, unlike Microsoft Word for example.
A second thing that was frustrating was that at the start I didn't know what in the world links were. I was always saying "what do we need these for?" I think what helped me the most in understanding what they were was looking at other people's lab reports to see how they did it. Once I looked at theirs it became much easier for me because I tend to be a more visual person. A lot of times I don't really understand what you are explaining in class when you just talk about it. I have to see it in order to understand, especially since this is a subject matter that, as I stated earlier, I know little about. However, when I go and look at the computer and I see it, then it comes to me and what you say in class has relevance.
I think that I have made a lot of progress since the semester began. I feel a little more comfortable working with the server and emacs although I don't have enough confidence yet. I am comfortable with the pine server where I can send and receive e-mail. I think it is a very useful thing to have. When I went to school in Rhode Island I found it very convenient because I could talk to people back home for free!!!! I'm glad I finally got around to getting one. Acutally, I had tried a few semesters back, but back then, it required a lot of paper work and you had to get approval from your college and it was just a lot of hassles. I'm glad that it became easier to get an account.
My plans? Hopefully as I keep on practicing it will become second nature. I know that I will not get everything the first time. I think that I have to become more patient. Sometimes the computer is very slow and I get very frustrated. That's something I plan to work on over the semester. Other than that, I can't think of anything at the moment.
Finding Information - I think that the most important thing in getting around in a hypertext environment like this is being sure to type correctly. If you're off by one letter or misspell something, it could change the whole thing. That's one problem that I have had a lot of times. Sometimes I type too fast and I accidentally hit an extra key and this throws me off (See Alison Asahina's comment on accuracy.
I think that going through the syllabus and comments is made easier by the links because you don't have to type in what directory you want. All you have to do is highlight it and press "Enter." The same goes for looking for something specific when in "Lynx." I think that's probably one of the easier things so far this semester. Creating links is a whole different story though.
When I am in the newsreader, looking for something specific is easier too because you can look for things you want through a word search. This I think is very useful because of the endless number of directories that in the newsreader.
Overall, I think that manuevering in the system is easier than trying to work in the system (for example, typing up these reports). At least that's my feelings at the moment. Hopefully things will get better. I think this is good practice though because the world is increasingly becoming run by computers.
I've always considered myself an optimitist but when I first got on the computer to do my report, I thought I'd never get through this alive. It was just so frustrating because I couldn't get on the CSS server at first. And on top of that the Unix system was very screwed up when I called from home. But since then, they've somewhat improved the system. Anyway, when I first got frustrated when my computer seemed to go haywire, I used to get all upset and start typing anything on the keyboard to get it to do something..actually anything. I don't think that not having any help system to guide me made it any better. I know that it is in here but it's just really confusing. I did make a print out of the commands but they just really ad to the confusion. I think that after looking at other people's lab reports such as Michelle's Lab Report
it made it simpler for me to comprehend and to create my reports. Now if I don't understand what to do, I go and look at other's reports to get a feel of what to do.
I don't think that I got depressed when I didn't get something. I just get frustrated. As I stated above, the way I got through my frustration is by looking at other lab reports. I would grumble a lot to my friend when I wouldn't get something and I think that it helped somewhat because she was there to listen to me. I think that having a support system is very helpful with someone as frustrating as this. By talking to others and seeing that they had similar problems helped me get over my little fits. I do not think that I would call this getting depressed; I don't see how someone can get depressed when they don't get something when working on the computer.
By remembering how I had got to the place where I had wanted, it was easier to get back the next time. Now I do not find it as hard to get to the place wher I want to type my lab report or update my glossary.
Get lost? Of course I got lost. Sometimes I got so lost that I had to hang up because I didn't know how to get back to the screen that I wanted to. As I stated earlier, one of the strategies I used was remembering how to get back so that it wouldn't be that hard. Another strategy I learned is looking at other's reports and writing how to execute a certain command. I would deal with the frustration by taking a break and do something else and then when I was in a better state of mind I would come back and attempt to resume whatever I was trying to do.
I guess the main advice I could give others is to be patient. Also I think that looking at the reports of the others in the class is really helpful to see how to do certain functions. And I think a final word of advice is to write things down if they have any questions to ask Dr. James so that he or someone else in the class can help out. If you don't write down what you did, then it just wastes a lot of time in the class. Other then that I think that it will all take some time to get used to this.
First of all, I don't know if I am commenting on the correct thing. When I read the assignment, Dr. James said that if some people commented on the Internet socializing from 1991, they could switch it with Week 9's homework assignment. I assume then that we should be commenting on the papers that we had at the beginning and the ones that we have been making oral presentations on. If not, then I guess I am doing the wrong thing.
I think that with regards to applying psychological concepts, Dee accomplished a great deal. For example she was able to relate aggression to driving. She gave many good examples of aggression in driving such as weaving in and out of traffic, or tailgating. She also gave good reasons why people drive aggressively. One of the reasons she gave was displaced aggression where we act out our aggression on the road instead of on someone that may have upset us earlier.
In one of her papers she discussed gender differences in driving. She mainly discussed how society raises girls and boys differently and how this difference may be displayed in driving. For example, boys, she said, are taught to be more aggressivve, more independent and less conformist than girls. But overall, she didn't think that there was much of a difference. The differences she did discuss was choice of vehicles and accident statistics.
As far as her own accomplishment in her driving over the semester, I can't rally make any conclusions, because there was no paper that discussed what she had set out to do in the beginning with her driving make-over. She talked about being less paranoid about looking in the rearview mirror all the time (a paranoia she developed when she was hit from behind). She also talked about not expecting people to be as polite as she is when she let's them cut in her lane. A third thing she wanted to make over was the time she left to go somewhere. In her makeover paper, she talked about leaving earlier to avoid having to rush all the time. However, I don't know if she accomplished all this because I don't have a final analysis of herself to look at. It would have been interesting to see if she had done everything she set out to do.
But like I stated earlier, she accomplished a great deal intellectually. She related concepts that I didn't think were related to driving before reading her paper. For example, funny and far off as this may seem, she discussed some psychological disorders that could make driving hazardous. One such disorder is hypersomnia, whereby a person can fall asleep at any given moment without warning. Although, I did laugh while reading this particular report, it was interesting to see how she related such things. Hopefully she was able to accomplish her own personal goals too.
I didn't really understand this question. I'm assuming you're asking me to analyze her state of mind when developing her driving make-over. In that case, I would have to say that Dee is a bit on the cautious side. I understand that her desire to look in the rearview mirror constantly is due to the fact that she was hit from behind. But personally, I think that you gotta move on sometime. I think it's okay to do it for some time immediately after the accident, but you gotta trust the others on the road at some point. If she were to do this constantly, she runs the risk of creating an accident too because she may be paying attention to the people in back of her and not in front of her and then one time she may be looking back at the wrong time and get into another accident.
I also think her state of mind at the time she was writing her make-over was that everyone is polite. As much as we would like this to be true, that's not how the world runs. She does take the first step by finally acknowledging this because she said she would always get frustrated or angry if someone did not thank her for letting them go. I used to think like her because most of the time I said thank you when someone let me go. The only time I didn't say thank you is when I am merging like everyone else and the person who is supposed to let me in tries to close up the space so I have to squeeze in then I don't say thank you. Of course there are some who say that they don't have to let anyone in if they don't want to. But I think that if you're stuck in traffic and everyone is letting people go one car at a time, then it would seem the considerate thing to do. But of course, you can't expect people to drive like you do. But getting back to Dee, I think that it is a good start. There is no sense in creating more frustration for yourself because someone else lacks respect.
Finally, I think her state of mind during this evaluation of herself was to see if she could make driving a less stressful undertaking. Like it or not, we all need to drive to get somewhere, so anything to make it a little more enjoyable is very welcome. She stated that driving would be a little more enjoyable if she could drive a car that she wants to drive. I think that would certainly help. If you are in an environment that suits your needs then you are likely to be more at peace. I think that this is true because I think that I would find driving more enjoyable if I had air conditioning. Overall, I think Dee's attitude is one of a positive outlook. She is trying to look at ways that she can change her driving to make the experience more enjoyable and less stressful for her. I think that it is a good attitude to have than one that says that "I don't need to say anything." Although I don't know if she accomplished all this, knowing Dee from another psych class the other semester, I'm sure she's driving fine back on the mainland.
Reviewing her make-over experience as well as her other reports, I think that I learned about myself and about my driving techniques. Reading her aggression paper, I found that I commit some of the acts she considers aggressive such as tailgating or gesturing or yelling. I don't do it all the time but I do do it for some of the reasons that she explained. I notice I tend to get aggressive if I've had a bad day at school or work. I'm not one to confront a person at the moment and I know that's bad. Instead of speaking my mind, I tend to just let it get to me. Then when I get in my car, I'm mad so anything that another driver does to irritate me gets me more mad than it would if I had been in a good mood.
When I used to commute from Aiea everyday, I noticed that I exhibited convoy behavior that Dee described in another paper. I almost always would drive in a convoy since it was quite a distance (of course 10 miles isn't really quite a distance in reality). I guess I drove in a pack because I felt it was safe. I would almost never be the leader of the pack and I would never be the last. I liked to stay in the middle. Now, since I live close to school, I don't really exhibit that behavior (how can you when you travel on Waialae).
I could identify with Dee when she described her driving make-over when she discussed that driving would be more enjoyable if she were driving the car of her choice. Currently, I drive a Honda Accord. Most people would say that this is a great car. I don't mind driving it except for the fact that there's no air conditioning. I think driving would be more pleasurable if I had A/C. Hondas are nice, but I think that I would enjoy driving a sports utiltity vehicle. If I could choose any of the SUVs, I would choose the Jeep Grand Cherokee. I know that I could never afford a new one, but a person can dream. Actually, if I could have any car that I wanted, I would have to say that it would have to be the Lincoln Mark VIII. That car has such a sleek design and an incredible interior. On top of that it's a V8. I know it's impractical, but if I could afford a car like that then I could afford to keep putting gas into it. I think Dee is right when she says that females tend to pick cars based on economic efficiency and safety whereas males tend to choose cars based on options and power.
Also when reading her driving make-over, she described a problem that I used to have - getting to some place on time. I used to always leave the latest I possibly could to get where I was going and a lot of times I would be late. Or if I wasn't late, then I would find myself speeding and driving erratically, which is really unsafe. Eventually, I learned to leave early because I found out I was less stressed and when I left early in the morning there was less traffic. When I went out with friends, I would always be on time. But a lot of times they weren't. So when I go out with them, I have reverted back to being on time or a little late because I hated waiting around. Living closer to school has also helped. Whereas before it took me about 40-45 minutes to come into town, I now only have to drive 5 minutes to school.
I didn't know if you meant suggestions for using the system or suggestions ins regarding traffic psychology. With regards to traffic psychology, I guess I would suggest that you should look at traffic and see if you can apply any of the psychological concepts that you have learned from the different courses. It is interesting to see how Dee related some concepts to traffic and driving. Also, I guess it is a good time to reflect on one's own driving. Of course this is easier said than done, but it's worth a try.
In regards to using the system, I guess the main suggestion is be patient. Other than that, I highly recommend looking at other people's files. It has helped me get through this course a lot.
This has nothing to do with this week's lab report, but I just have to vent my frustrations. I can't believe it!! I was typing my lab report and was writing about my third link that I had made when I was disconnected and everything that I had typed was completely gone!!!! I hate when that happens. I thought that this thing auto saves because every once in a while a statement on the lower left hand corner of th screen flashes "Auto saving...done." Is this statement a lie? I thought that it was for when things like this happen. Am I wrong? Will somebody tell me because at this very moment I am totally PISSED OFF!!!!!! And another thing...why does it take so long to get into my labreport to edit it now?!!?
Well, here I go again for the second time. The first link that I looked into because I thought it looked interesting was the Alternative Motor Fuels Act. This file summarized a federal statute of the same name that encourages the development and use of methanol, ethanol and other natural gases as transportation fuels instead of the current fuel being used in cars today. One section of the act calls for the Department of Energy to conduct a study comparing the alternate fuel vehicles and current vehicles in use in areas such as fuel economy, safety and costs. I think this is a good idea because if using alternative fuels are going to cost people too much money, then I think that we need to keep looking further. But overall, hten I feel that this is a good idea because the quality of our air is not getting any better and the emissions from cars doesn't help the situation any better. I think this is a step in the right direction. We need to start looking towards the future instead of waiting for things to happen and then reacting.
The second link I viewed I thought was a great way to market a business. The link that I looked at, ROOD NISSAN/VOLVO, was a car dealership located in the Puget Sound Area in Washington. I found this file interesting because it described the different models available from Nissan and Volvo. Although I didn't look at the Volvo models, I looked at the Nissan models, mainly the Nissan Pathfinder because I like Sports Utility Vehicles a lot. The descriptions were very detailed. It gave the specs of various Pathfinder models, the standard equipment and the like. I think this a great way to advertise because a lot of people use computers these days and this is a novel way to get to people compared to the normal mediums used. Actually, this is probably going to become a medium that will be used more and more often as we continue into the computer age.
The third and final link that I looked at was the same one that Jae looked at. This was Upcoming Meetings Relevant to Bicycling. The only link in this file was an announcement for a meeting put on by the San Francisco Parking & Traffic and San Francisco Bicycle Coalition. The reason for this meeting, or should I say meetings because there were two different meetings that were to discuss different topics, was to get bicylists' input on plans to make the city of San Francisco more biker-friendly. The meetings were to get bicyclist input on where the lanes and paths for them were planning to be put and also talk about education, promotion, and enforcement regarding this matter. I thought this was a very good idea because as we have heard many horror stories in class about bicycles, there is a need for stepsto be taken to make it safer for them to ride. After all, they are trying to make our environment cleaner. But of course, there are two sides to every story. Although the stories we have heard in class have depicted the bicyclist as victim, there have been times when they are ignorant. For example, I hate it when cyclists come up in the middle of two lanes. And I hate it when they ride around campus recklessly making pedestrians run for their lives getting out of their way. Anyway, I think that it is a good step because who would know better where a lane would go better than those who would utilize it. I mean, why put a lane in a place where a cyclist hardly ever travels. It would be a waste of money and time.
See mycomments file for Part 1
The first section that I thought was interesting was Dr. James's discussion of atmosphere. He said that for the students it was "normal to feel frustrated, angry and anxious" working with the computer. It made me feel good that I and the rest of us were not the only ones feeling the same thing. Dr. James further stated that the group can act as a contagion. The few enthusiastic individuals in a group can increase the other students' acceptance level making it easier to tolerate the frustration that comes along. He also states the groups serves as a "damage control" allowing a person to air their complaints, which is what we have been doing each session. " Others in the class listen and offer solution including volunteering to give assistance." When I read this statement, I immediately thought of Nicole and how she offered to help Terri out when she was having a hard time and was terribly frustrated. I think that it helped Terri a lot having someone to assist her. That was very thoughtful of Nicole. Finally, Dr. James had stated that "without support the course may not have been successful" and I believe this to be true. I think that as the weeks have gone on, working on the computer has become a bit more bearable. Every once in a while I still get frustrated, but manuevering around has become a little easier. I think that others in the class feel the same (at least I hope so) because we all realize that we all are in the same boat. A majority of the class has had very little experience with computers and I think that being able to see that has been a major factor in getting people through the assignments.
The second section that I decided to comment on were people's discussion of the attraction to working on the internet. Like the comments the two poeple had made, once I got over the initial fear and trepidation, I have come to enjoy getting on the computer. It is not so much that I enjoy working in emacs (refer to Todds' definition for reason's why), but I enjoy the other directories. The best has been Pine (see my definition). All of my friends have e-mail so it is easier to keep in contact with them. I have also enjoyed the newsreader looking at all the different directories. Of course, being free does have its advantages as well.
The final section that I came upon sort of disturbed me. In Dr. James's section on Self Witnessing, he stated that for the previous generation "grading did not take into account the content of the self reports but only the form, namely, how extensively did the student carry out the instruction." I certainly hope that this is not the case with our course. First of all, this is a traffic psychology course so I feel that content should count for something. I guess the form should count for something, but our grade should not be based on that alone. To do so would defeat the purpose of the course, which is to examine the processes when we drive and to examine our own driving behavior. If the content is not going to be considered, then why even do a self-report? Mainly, I was just taken aback by this statement. I hope that it applied only to the previous generation he was analyzing and not to our class. Otherwise I have some objections.
To me a driving personality makeover is examining one's present driving personality in each of the three areas - affective, cognitive, and sensorimotor - and to look for ways to improve them. Like Dr. James stated, there are two parts. Recognizing the areas in which to improve on is one thing, but we also need to work on them so that they will become part of our driving persona. Face it, after all none of us are perfect and who knows what the perfect driver is. Furthermore, I think that we should frequently analyze our driving behavior because as times change, we need to as well. Cars these days are becoming equipped with more fancy gadgets and options. As long as you can honestly state that you are comfortable and happy with how you drive, then you have accomplished something. It shouldn't matter what others think because every individual is unique. Only you know what's right for you.See Dr. James'Two Stages of Driving Persona Makeover
I think that one's driving personality makeover is very much related to traffic psychology. Traffic psychology is the study of how people's thoughts, feelings and reactions affect the way they drive. From this, it focuses on ways that we can make the roads safer for all drivers. (See Jae's definition of traffic psychology for a great, detailed description) I think all drivers should take an interest in traffic psychology to understand one's way of driving and to look for ways to improve. Through traffic psychology one can create a driving personality makeover because you will be able to understand why you react the way you act in a situation and seek out ways to change that reaction to one that you can be satisfied with.
Like I stated before, what constitutes a good driver is a subjective thing. For example, someone may feel that driving the speed limit is part of being a good driver, but someone else may not feel the same way and say that a good dirver is someone who goes with the flow but is still aware of their surroundings makes a good driver. So the following is what I think is a good driver
First of all, I think a good driver is someone who is aware of their surroundings. A good driver does not infringe on other drivers and does not get upset if someone commits a wrongful act against them while driving such as cutting them off. A good driver is someone who remains calm in the face of such situations. They do not fly off the handle ranting and raving. Another quality of a good driver is that they do not get upset if a passenger makes a comment.
Depending on the type of day I'm having, I could be the kindest driver or I could be such an ass. Like I stated in my comments in the section Moody, if I'm in a bad mood than people had better watch out because I can be a tyrrant on the road, getting mad at the littlest thing. I don't think that I'm maniacal like the person whose generational curriculum I reported on who made another van run through some cones, but I can be pretty rude. In my mind, I know that it's not right but sometimes you can't control human emotion. But whether or not I'm in a good or bad mood, if someone cuts me off or does something which I think is stupid, I tend to start swearing and saying things like "You stupid f**k!!" I can get very irritated. Or if I let someone through and they don't wave thank you, I wave to them and say "You're welcome." It can get pretty comical riding in my car because I'll tend to talk like that even though there may be another passenger in the car.
Actually, I think it depends on the vehicle that I am driving on whether or not I am a good driver. If I'm driving my car, then I can be like I stated above, speeding and acting tyrannical if I'm in a bad mood. However, if I'm driving the work vehicle, I become subdued and am a good driver by my definition (See What Constitutes a Good Driver. You see, my work vehicle is a Toyota Previa van with the word "Rainbows" written on three sides and "UH Athletic Department" written on the back. Of course this vehicle is very conspicuous (I'm sure at one time or another you've probably seen it). Anyway, because the vehicle sticks out like a sore thumb, I can't really act how I would act if I were in my own car. Imagine a Rainbow van going down the highway at 65-70 mph. It probably doesn't look too good. Therefore, I have to restrain myself at times. For example, if someone cuts me off, I can't start swearing my mouth off. It would be bad PR. Other than that, I think that I'm a pretty good driver. I haven't gotten into a major accident yet (knock on wood) nor have I gotten a ticket for speeding (double knock) although I do speed, but of course that all may have been luck. But overall, I have to say that I am an average driver. I'm not the best, but I'm not the worst either.
One component of my driving personality makeover is to try and not speed too much, at least not excessively. Actually, I think that I have solved the problem to my excessive speeding since I made that previous statement. Several days ago I purchased a new car and that has definitely changed my driving style. I haven't gone over 55 mph (mainly I go around 50 mph). I admit the reason for my not speeding is a selfish reason, but I say whatever works go for it. I do not want to ruin my car so I will not speed (at least for the first couple months). Hopefully, this time of driving slow will carry over into the long term.
A second component that I definitely could work on is my reaction to other drivers on the road. I think that since purchasing my new car, I have become a bit more dramatic in this area than I used to be. For example, the other day, I was on the freeway in the middle lane. Out of nowhere, this old man started to cut into my lane and I had to brake so that he wouldn't hit me. At first, I was just scared because I had had my car for only two days. I then got into the left lane to overtake him because he was going about 40 mph. Then he did it again - he cut in front of me without looking at his blind spot. At that moment, my emotions got the best of me. I cut back into the middle lane, pulled up alongside him and yelled at him "What the f**k are you trying to do, you f**king idiot?!! Ruin my new car?!!!!!" I was so upset and so riled up. I think that having a new car has its good and bad effects. I think this is a bad one because now I have become very critical of others who drive too close to my car.
Finally, I think that I could work on the reasoning I make while driving. For example, when a slow person is in front of me and there is no way to get around and I am late I tend to think "That person is just going slow because they know I'm late to get somewhere and he's just doing it to piss me off!!" But in actuality, I have no one to blame but myself because if I had been on time, then these situations wouldn't be occurring.
I found Dr. James' Article informative and interesting. I could see myself in some of the examples he gave when trying to explain the different concepts in traffic psychology (who would imagine there could be so much
One of the sections that I could relate to was Dr. James' discussion of the cognitive self in traffic psychology. The part that I could relate to was when the person who was doing the self-witnessing stated "I don't want people to get a bad impression of me." I get so embarassed when I turn into my evil self and I get mad at someone and start swearing at them or I follow them to close and I end up knowing who that person is. I pray that the person didn't recognize me or like the individual in the example, I hope the person doesn't get a bad impression of me. I think I can be two totally different people in and out of the car - just ask anyone who really knows me well. Most of the time, I am a very relaxed and laid back individual. But for some reason I sometimes become a very different person in a car. I can get very aggressive and tyrannical. That's why if I do this to a person I know I hope that they don't get a bad impression of me because I'm really not like that. However, I think now that because I have gotten a new car, my attitude has changed. I finally am on the other side of the fence.I don't speed anymore and I never go in pursuit of someone (although like I stated earlier, I am a little more on edge because I don't want anything to happen to my car.
Another section I found interesting and relevant to my driving habits now is the section on compliance. Recently I have seen myself comply on all three levels of the self. Affective compliance deals with motivation and character. Because of my new vehicle I am motivated to keep it nice and new looking for as long as possible because I am paying for it. I am also motivated not to get into a situation where I would get riled up and become aggressive. I think this motivation has helped me become more in compliance with my true character. I am very cautious and because I finally have an air conditioner (thank goodness!!) I don't mind driving now.
Cognitive compliance deals with the rationales we make for driving the way we do. My rationale today is that because I want to keep my car in good condition, I do not want to get myself into a situation where I might turn into my "evil" self. Also my rationale is that I won't get stressed out too much if I don't speed, and since I already have enough stress in my life as it is, stress from driving is something that I could do without. Finally psychomotor compliance deals with performance efficiency. I think that I have been very successful. I now go the speed limit most of the time (and no more than 55 mph on occasion) (can you imagine that Jae?!?!). If someone wants to cut in then I let them because I don't want to create a situation where I will put myself in jeopardy. I now know what it's like to be tailgated and have to admit that I hate it. I get very nervous if someone gets too close to me. I now stay in the middle or right lane and you know what? It's not that bad as it seems. I know that my behavior has changed because of some other reason than that I want to change but I think that it's good that I have changed and hopefully it will become part of my repetoire. We shall see in a couple of months.
The results of my investigation of the dynamics of traffic convoys were pretty much what I expected. From my self-witnessing observations, prior to getting my new automobile, I liked to be at the front of the convoy in the left lane. I noticed I would get agitated if a car up ahead wasn't going as fast as I was forcing me to slow down. When I did this, the cars in the back of me exhibited the accordion effect, decreasing the amount of space between automobiles. I would tense up and think nasty thoughts of the slow driver. I used to make it a point of being in front of the pack by changing lanes to get in front of car which I thought was moving too slow. Today it's a whole different story. I don't seek to be the front of the convoy. I stay away from the left lane (for reasons why, see my section on compliance). However, I noticed that convoys are exhibited in the middle lane as well albeit it is a much milder form. Cars don't go zooming in the middle lane. However people do tend to exhibit pack behavior. Life in the middle lane is much more peaceful. People aren't so much in a rush and I don't feel a need to be in front of the convoy.
I think that my observations were pretty accurate. I paid attention to what I was thinking and how I felt in different situations. For example, I noticed that I would get very nervous if someone was coming too close to me. I guess that serves me right because that is exactly what I used to do. I feel myself tense up and I get nervous. I feel that my observations were accurate because I knew in my mind that I had to observe myself and how I drive and my thoughts and feelings that guide my actions. I do have to admit though that it was very hard to do on top of driving.
I think the results of my investigations are much in line with my personality; that is the results after I purchased my car. Prior to that when I had my old car that did not have any air conditioning and gave me a lot of problems, my driving habits were totally opposite of my personality. Usually, I am an easy going, laid back individual but when I got into my old car, I would turn into a totally different person.
Now that I have a new car, my driving reflects my personality. I take my time getting to my destination because I want to maintain my car very well. I no longer feel rushed because I leave early so I do not have to do so. I think that this is a positive thing for me because I do not get stressed out at others driving on the road (unless they appear to get too close to my rear). I have come to enjoy driving much more.
The main goal of traffic psychology, as I understand it, is for people to examine their driving habits and the reasons for them and to attempt to change them to become a better driver. I think the implications of my findings show that examining one's behavior can be beneficial. Now, I look back and I wonder why I drove the way I did driving in the fast lane and literally running over people in the process. By examining my habits, I was able to realize that I don't want people to judge me on the basis of the way I drive. Therefore, by changing my ways, my driving will become more in line with my personality.
Will this influence me? Like I stated above in my results, traffic psychology has influenced me and my driving has changed considerably since changing cars. I have become more relaxed when I drive and I don't feel pressured to go fast because now I stay in the right lane most of the time. I am also more considerate of other drivers. I let them cut in front of me if they want to because I don't want to increase the chances of a situation occurring. Getting another car has been a great influence on me and hopefully my new driving habits will continue as time goes on.
The person who wrote this second generational curriculum, Elizabeth Iseke, examined her type A personality and its effect on the way she drives. She first discusses the anxiety that she experiences with passengers, specifically her mother. Elizabeth said the she would get very paranoid and experience physical symptoms such as sweating hands and gripping the wheel hard. No matter what she did her mother would make a comment which in turn made her more anxious. To modify her behavior of irritability, she looked for reasons that made her anxious when driving with others. For example, she said she would not drive another person if she did not get enough sleep. She also would ask for comments from others to see if she could improve on her actions when driving with passengers.
Elizabeth next discussed how her personality types affects her safety. She relayed an experience she had when she decided to drive home while intoxicated. Her car eventually ended up going off the road and luckily she did not injure anyone. She did not blame anyone for her driving off drunk. She said because she has an internal locus of control, she chose to drive while intoxicated although she knew that it was dangerous. She went on to state that she gave up drinking after this incident because it made her realize that she wanted to be around for a long time with her family
The final sections of her paper discussed her habits during traffic. First she talked about how she gets very impatient when stuck in a traffic jam and wonders how people can seem so happy when they are in the midst of one. She said that her patience wears thin and she starts to cut in front of others whether they signal for her to enter or not. She attributed this to her Type A characteristics of being irritated with delays. Her attempts to modify this impatience did not work out very well. When she tried to slow down and take her time, she found herself more pressed for time trying to attend to many different things.
She also talked of her hostility towards other drivers in traffic. She recalled a time when she was driving on the highway and one lane was closed up ahead. A van that had let cars in would not let her in when she attempted to change lanes to get out of the lane being closed. This made her more riled than she already was and so she cut in behind him and tailed him until both lanes opened up. When this happen, the van reversed roles and began following her. He eventually changed lanes and they were racing side by side. Eventually, the lane the van was in was closing off and merging into one lane. But Elizabeth would not let the van in. Only when she realized that the man could injure a worker did she let up and let him into her lane. She said that she did not know the motives for why she behaved the way she did but feels she accomplishes something when she behaves aggressively. Her modification proved somewhat successful. She would start off driving good but eventually she would notice herself slipping back into her old ways, especially when another driver aggravated her. However, she said playing mellow music helped her out a lot to help her relax.
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My first reaction after reading her paper was "And I thought I was pretty bad." From what I read, I felt that this person had some serious driving problems. I could relate to her first situation with the anxiety she experienced with passengers. I have been in those situations myself especially with my parents. I would get so irritated with my dad when he would say I'm going too fast when he himself speeds. I seem to tense up when my parents are in the car because they always make a comment about how I speed when I really don't go too fast (well at least I don't think so).
As I read on, my reaction to Elizabeth was one of nervousness. I thought that it was very stupid of her when she decided to drive while intoxicated (see Safety). Anyone, who decides to drive drunk deserves whatevers coming to them. I make sure that I am all right to drive. If I am driving and my friends go drinking I limit myself to two drinks because I know my limit. I could drink a lot more before I start to feel the effects, but I like to be safe. If I feel I have drunken too much I will not drive (I usually do this when at a friend's house so I have a place to crash). Elizabeth was very lucky and got out of the situation scott free and I think that it is good that she decided to give up drinking but it shouldn't have taken that experience to realize the dangers of drunk driving.
I became very scared of her driving when she relayed her experience with the white van (see Traffic).In fact my reaction was that I hope I don't ever run into her on the road. I thought that was taking it a bit too far when she almost let the van harm another person. I can be aggressive in my driving, but I don't think I could ever be aggressive and hostile as she was. I thought that this girl could seriously use a driving makeover and was kind of relieved she took the course so that these actions could come to her attention.
Well first of all, I learned that there are a lot worse drivers than myself out there. But seriously, I learned that this course can be beneficial to some people. Imagine if she had not taken this course. She may very well be driving the way she always did and in the process injure someone. It helped her examine the reasons behind the way she drove and attempt to make some changes. I also learned that our emotions can control us to a great extent and can turn people into relentless individuals. We need to keep our feelings in check and make sure that we control our feelings and not the other way around.
I think that Elizabeth's paper was related to traffic psychology. She examined the reasons behind her driving habits to look at areas in which she could improve. A lot of her driving she related to characteristics of her Type A personality. Traffic psychology helped her to make observations and make changes in her repetoire that made driving more enjoyable and explained the reasons for driving the way she did.
My observations on tailgating has changed quite a bit over the past month or so since I got another car. Before, I used to tailgate a lot. I would always be in the left lane and would come up close to a car if it wasn't going as fast as I wanted to go. Legally, I think it is wrong (is there a law against this?) because you should maintain a safe distance so that you allow yourself enought time to brake without hitting the car in front. Morally, I saw nothing wrong with this. My thinking is that if you're in the fast lane, you better be going fast. As the saying goes, If you can't take the heat, get out of the kitchen. Far too many times people in Hawaii especially tend to travel in the fast lane when they are going at or below the speed limit. Furthermore, they should take some hints from driving on the mainland. If someone behind you is coming faster than you are going, DON'T STEP ON YOUR BRAKES!!!! GET OVER IN THE NEXT LANE SO THAT THE CAR CAN PAST!!!! I used to get very frustrated with people who would brake because I think that it is a stupid thing to do. Spiritually, I think I would get a little more riled up than I needed to be. It just added one more stress on top of the daily stress that I had to experience in my life and I became a very agitated dirver. I came to loathe driving extremely far distances. I think that not having A/C had something to do with the attitude I had also.
Today, I don't think my view has changed as much, but I do not tail people like I used to do. However, I have noticed a tendency for people to follow me too close now that I have a new car. I don't know if it is just my imagination, but even though the other lanes are open, a couple of times I have seen people follow my car at an unsafe distance (and I'm in the right lane on top of that). Maybe it is a taste of my own medicine, but I think it's weird that people do this in the first place especially since it does not occur in the fast lane. Spiritually, I have become a more relaxed person (except when people are too close to my rear). I enjoy driving a whole lot more. I do not go in the fast lane like I used to do. This doesn't mean that I am a completely reformed driver. I can and still do get upset sometimes, but I am learning not to act on those impulses. Like Jae (see her mini self modification experiment), I take deep breathes to calm myself down and then I'll think some nasty thoughts about the other driver to make myself feel better (e.g. what a stupid driver or let him ruin his car then). By not tailgating, I do not get as riled up as I used to when driving. We'll see how long I can keep this behavior up.
Several weeks ago, if I was asked the question "What would make driving a pleasant, worthwhile and peaceful activity?", one of the first answers out of my mouth would have been air conditioning. I do not think that anyone in Hawaii could survive without it in their car. Believe me, I have experienced driving with and without A/C and driving is much more pleasant with it. Luckily, I was able to purchase another car that has it and I have come to enjoy driving.
I think another thing to make driving pleasant is to have the type of music you like in your car. I used to enjoy listening to Hawaiian music a lot and whenever I would start to get agitated while driving, I would pop in a tape that had varous local artists and I would start to feel more relaxed. Although my taste in music has changed slightly, the concept remains the same.
Driving would be more peaceful if roads were kept in good condition. I would constantly hear complaints from friends who lived in Hawaii Kai who hated driving every day becasue of all the construction going on along Kalanianaole. Not only are there delays caused by the work, but cars are subjected to the rough conditions of the road. I think the same could apply to anywhere else. Keeping roads in good conditions help prevent unneccessary wear and tear on the car (not to mention making driving safer).
I think that my actions have already changed since getting my new car. Driving has become a hundred times more enjoyable than before. I don't mind too much if there is traffic now because I am comfortable in my car. My thoughts and feelings reflect my actions. I feel good about driving now because I got the car that I wanted to purchase in the first place. When I'm driving, I'm thinking how smooth my car runs and how good the air conditioner feels because my car before had constant problems. Of course, I am paying for it for the next several years.
I think that my long term prognosis is good. I've decided to take extra good care of my car because it is my first car that I am paying for myself (at least most of it for that matter). The cars that I have had before were hadn me downs so I didn't feel the same way. But now that I know that my personal money is being invested in this car and so I want it to last as long as possible. In doing so, I think that driving will remain an enjoyable, pleasant experience.
For my third generational curriculum paper, the writer, Teri-Lee Tao, decided to answer the question "When do I retalitate and how, with what consequences to other drivers, passengers and myself?" by witnessing her driving over a five day span. For the five days, she would describe her driving repetoire. She lived in Salt Lake and detail how she got to the University. She would also describe her feelings when something would happen to her. For example, she would get upset if someone didn't let her into a lane even though she had her blinkers on or if someone didn't say/gesture "thank you" when she let someone cut in front of her. For each day, Teri described her threefold self - the affective, cognitive and sensorimotor. She explained her reasons for doing what she did (affective), her feelings while driving (cognitive) and the physical actions that accompanied these two (sensorimotor).
Who would've thought that train hopping would turn into a sport?! Train hopping is usually associated with hobos and immigrant workers. However after viewing Train Hopping my idea about it has changed. This file was interesting because there are actually books on the sport of train hopping (if you can call it a sport). They even give a supply list of what you should bring on your train hopping adventure. I guess if you really want to get into this you should have a lot of time on your hands because when you train hop, you never really know where your train is headed to. In Hawaii, this activity is not possible, so if you want to attempt it, go to the mainland.
For all of you who enjoy listening to Mark and Brian on the radio during your morning drive into work or school, they have a home page that is currently under construction. For those who don't know, Mark and Brian host a talk show that is fun and entertaining. As a matter of fact, they did have a very short lived series based on their show. Unfortunately, it didn't do as well
At first I was wondering why 1996 Summer Olympic Games Information was listed when I typed in automobiles. Then after I browsed through it, I found out why. This file listed everything you need to know about planning your trip to the 1996 Games in Atlanta. This included ticket information, and transportation information (planes, buses, car rentals). I think that this is a good page to have on the Web for people to find out more information for such a once in a lifetime event and so I thought I'd include it in my bibliography.
The Humor Archive (CCT) contains many different humorous files. While only two dealt specifically with traffic, the rest are amusing to look through. One of those which dealt with accidents listed actual explanations people gave while filling out insurance forms. The other file that dealt specifically with cars contained acronyms for some cars such BMWs, Buicks and Fords to name a few. Hey, driving isn't always as fun as we'd want it to be and sometimes we need a good laugh. So, ENJOY!!
It was bound to happen sooner or later. As more and more people get online, businesses are doing the same as well. A good example is Freeways which was set up by Alamo Rent a Car. Once the system is fully online, people will be able to make rental car reservations for any of Alamo's rental car facilities in the U.S. and Europe. You can also look at the different varieties of cars they have to offer ranging from Geo Metros to Chevy Blazers. It also gives a description of what features each car comes equipped with. Personally, I think it is a good business idea because you are able to reach more people because more and more are getting on the Internet. I think that this is just the start. As time goes on, I'm sure that more and more businesses will see this as an opportunity.
Winter Driving in the Sierra Nevada gave tips on how to drive in winter weather which I think is a good idea. Driving in snowy weather is a lot different than driving in Hawaii for example. It listed tips on how to make sure your car is prepared for that type of weather and what to do if it your car should require chains. I can tell you from first hand experience that this kind of information is good to have at hand. A couple of years back I went skiing up in Lake Tahoe. Of course, it so happened that the biggest storm in many years was coming in. Unfortunately, we were stranded in the mountains for the next couple of days. Driving was horrendous during that time. When everyone was allowed to get out of the mountains, traffic was just unbelievable. It was bumper to bumper traffic. In fact at one point we were stuck in the same point for several hours. Putting on and taking off snow chains weren't fun either. However, I think that this is a good page for people to read.
The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company has posted a real helpful page about caring for your car tires. It tells you how to care for them and answers frequently asked questions about tires. I never knew there was so much information to know about them. Also posted is a listing of all the tires the company carries and you can even order them through this service.
The Clean Vehicles and Fuels for British Columbia is an attempt by the province of Canada to make the air particularly around the Vancouver area cleaner for the environment and people. Initiatives are offered to accomplish this. Some of them are to reduce the emissions from existing vehicles and well as encourage the availability and use of new cleaner vehicles. They also suggest the use of alternative fuels to reduce air pollution. I think this is a good idea that all cities, big and small should consider. Hawaii, especiallly O'ahu is not far off from this kind of pollution as more and more cars are on the road. The environment that we have now is the only one we have. If we do not start taking care of it now and take preventative measures instead of remedial measures, then we will be in big trouble.
Automobile insurance is something everyone should have. But lately the cost of it has been increasing every year (I should know because I pay $700 every six months). The state of Massachusetts has set up an information guide on the Internet, Massachusetts Insurance Assistance, to help a person figure out how much insurance will cost you. The state is able to tell a person how much they should expect to pay because the Commonwealth of Massachusetts sets premiums in that state. The file also informs people about the New and Used Car Lemon Laws that are in effect in that state.
The Speed Trap Registry is a compilation of speed traps in most of the states. I say most because Hawaii didn't even have a file here. People can submit where they have found speed traps where they drive. I could've used this information when I went up to California during Spring Break. I got pulled over going to Cal State Northridge doing 60 in a 45 mph zone. Luckily I didn't get a ticket. However, this would be of good use when people go out of state so that they don't get into trouble. I have to agree with the person who set up the file. Don't cops have anything better to do?
Well, the end is finally here. Looking back, I must say that I have come a long way since the first week. Compared to other people's pages, I can't really say that mine is anyway better or worse than others. Everyone put in a lot of time and effort into this class and therefore it's hard to really compare. Granted, I do not have any images like a lot of other files, but I think I put in a lot of time and effort to get where I am today. And I think that that in itself is very important.
I think that since day one I have accomplished a great deal. Before taking this class I had only had my computer for about six months. Basically, I thought that the computer was to play games or write papers on. Sure I had heard of the Internet, but I had never gotten around to actually checking it out. But thanks to this class, I ended up purchasing a modem so that I could work out of my home. I am totally amazed at all the things that I can do on the Internet. From reading and writing e-mail to observing documents all over the world on virtually every topic is something. After getting over the initial trauma of all the things that were there, I think that I have accomplished a great deal. I can remember when I actually felt like dropping the class because I was so confused and frustrated with not being able to understand anything. But after a while, I got the hang of things and from then on things weren't as difficult. I'm sure there's a lot more that I could learn from working on the Internet and in time, I will probably learn a lot more.
I'm pretty sure that one of my first suggestions is pretty much one that other people in this class probably have and that is that I think that this class should have focused more on the theories and studies about traffic psychology itself. I mean, I learned a lot about using the computer, but I was expecting to learn a bit more about traffic psychology. Another thing is that I think that the idea that Diane Beauchmein had discussed in the last class about creating a new file for every week is a good idea. First of all, it makes it easier fo r the writer to do their weekly reports without having to go all the way to the bottom to add on to the previous week's report. Also, it makes it easier for the reader to access the files more easily. A third suggestion I have is forewarning students about the intensity of computer usage for this course. For someone like myself who knew virtually nothing about computers, it can be a daunting thing. Students should be forewarned about this so they know ahead of time what they will be getting themselves into. Other than that I think that is all that I have to say regarding suggestions. I think that the class size was good. It allowed for better communication because the group was so small.
I think that I have come a very very very very very very far way since the first day of class. I know a lot more about computers than I did before. Like I stated earlier I started out knowing very little of what computers could actually do. Today, I no longer fear logging on to the World Wide Web and working on it as well as exploring all the different files there are. I can honestly say that it is a positive thing in my life. I never imagined that I would stay on a computer for so long. But being able to go online is great. I can talk to friends living all the way in Massachusetts and it saves me 32 cents!!!! What a deal. Also I was able to download a lot of pictures that I found interesting such as one with the cast of "Friends." I was also able to find an episode guide of my favorite television show of all times "Picket Fences." The World Wide Web has so much to offer to everyone. I don't know if I would do anything differently. Maybe I would've like to add some images on my page, but I don't think I'll die from not doing it.
Overall, I think that I'm pretty happy with my accomplishments this semester. I intend to keep exploring the Web after this class because it is interesting to see what is on the Internet. I have come to appreciate computers for more than just turning out aesthetic looking research papers. It can now be used to gain information and for fun. Since I will still be in school I will be able to maintain access to my files and account here at UH. I think that our files should remain on the Web because it can be used by future classes as a reference file to see all the frustration, confusion as well as successes that each of us has accomplished over the semester. It will allow them to see that they're not the only ones who experienced the same frustrations and problems that they may go through. It can serve as a positive thing. Furthermore, I think that everyone's files are interesting and I think it would be a waste if it were erased after the semester is over because we all have put a lot (and I stress a lot) of time into our pages and it would be a nice reference for people all over to see and read our ideas about traffic psychology.
I don't think that there is any advice that I need to give Dr. James regarding this course. As a future teacher, I feel that he possesses the most important quality of teaching and that is showing enthusiasm and interest in the subject you are teaching. Dr. James has a good handle on this aspect. He is always so eager to discuss all the new discoveries he has made and I think it made the class more interesting. I think that furthermore, by having this quality of interest in the subject, it rubs off on the students as well.
I think that everyone should get an award for completing this class and it wasn't as easy to do. A couple of people actually went AWOL during the course of the semester but we all stuck it out through thick and thin. Times were tough and understanding how to do things was difficult, but we made it. And for that I have to commend everyone on a fabulous job.