Psych 409a (Monday)  Spring  2006   G24
Dr. Leon James, Instructor, University of Hawaii
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Instructions For Your Report 1
Due Date is February 27

In your word processor create a file. Save the file under the name xx-409a-g24-report1. Replace the xx with your last name (which will be the name of the folder where you upload all your own work). Do not use spaces or upper case letters in any file or folder name. Make sure you use the hyphens in the file name, as indicated. Before giving the Save File command change the default setting for Type of file to Web page (filtered). Now the file is saved as a Web page and when you complete the report you can just upload it. Once uploaded look at the file with your Web browser by going to your folder on the Web.

Before you even begin typing in your report add the required title and links as follows:

the title at the top of the file

Report 1
My Understanding of Driving Psychology
By Your First and Last Names
Instructions for this report are at:

the links at the bottom of the file

My Home Page:

G24 Class Home Page:

You must make up your own titles for all the sub-headings (shown below as (a), (b), etc.) within each numbered main heading.

(a) Consider Tables 1, 2, 3, and 4 in the Lecture Notes, in the Section on Driving Psychology Theory and Charts at   Read the article on driving taxonomy from which the Tables were taken by clicking on the link provided. Then, in your own words summarize the Tables. Do not paste the Tables in your report, only give a link to the Tables in the Lecture Notes. The link must go to the particular table, not the top of the file. Be sure to test your link after uploading! Points are lost for wrong links.

(b) Using your own words, describe the main principles of driving psychology.

(c) Describe the three domains of driving behavior and illustrate with your own driving skills and errors, or that of another driver you know well, or a driver in a particular movie.

(d) Find two student reports from the Generational Curriculum on the topic of driving personality makeovers (use Google). Summarize what they did. Give a link to their reports.

(e) Make up a "driving personality makeover" plan for yourself (or another driver), relating specifically to negative thoughts you or they have about other road users. Carry out a mini-experiment in which you attempt to change your or the other driver's negative thoughts and emotions while driving. Describe the plan. Describe how it went. Evaluate it and discuss what needs to be done further to make this a permanent part of your driving or that of the other person.

(f) First describe what you have learned so far by studying driving psychology. What might be the benefit of this to you? Second, give advice to future generations who will be doing a similar report in the future. Give them tips on how to search and find things on the Web, and how to do a good report of their own. Third, what suggestions do you have for how to teach driving psychology to college students in psychology?

Your Report 1 is now complete and published on the Web. Congratulations! You have proven you can gain technical competence in Web publishing and report writing. Now your valuable report will be used by future generations, by students from other places surfing the Web, by researchers interested in driving behavior, and by the general public looking for ways to improve their driving skills.

You will be publishing two reports on the Web this semester as part of your contribution to the generational curriculum on driving psychology.  Thousands of people who navigate the Web find these generational student reports through Web search engines when they are looking for topics on driving and traffic, road rage and the threefold self of the driver. Your contribution will contribute first, to yourself for improving your driving personality and your information literacy skills; second, for future students who will be reading your reports, and third, for the public at large. Your research, observations, and conclusions will be beneficial to others who will read your reports in the ensuing years. Long after you're no longer a student, your generational reports will still be serving the public.

Note on Privacy: Students can use a pseudonym on their reports instead of their real name. Students who publish their reports on the Web can delete their reports after being graded. They can also request to have their reports deleted from the Web after the semester at any time in the future by emailing Dr. James. Usually the request is honored on the same day it is received. Students can also submit their reports in typing, privately to the instructor instead of publishing them on the Web. This will not affect their grade.

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