Psych 409a (Monday)  Fall  2006   G25
Dr. Leon James, Instructor, University of Hawaii
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Instructions For Your Report 1
Due Date is M, Oct. 30, 5 PM

In your word processor create a file. Save the file as a Web Page with the file name: 
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. Now the file is saved as a Web page and when you complete the report you can just upload it. Do not upload the default .doc file. You must save it as a Web page so that it has the appropriate appearance in your Web browser after you upload the file. Once uploaded look at the file with your Web browser by going to your folder on the Web. See FTP Uploading instructions from the Class Home Page.

Before you begin typing your report, add the required title and links as shown between the horizontal lines below:

Report 1
My Understanding of Driving Psychology
By Your First and Last Names or Pseudonym

Instructions for this report are at:
G25 Lecture Notes on Driving Psychology are at:

Must reminders:

  1. No paragraph can be more than 7 lines long or 150 words
  2. All paragraphs must be separated by a blank line.
  3. The report must be single spaced.
  4. All links must be tested after uploading to make sure they work.
  5. Your report must be at least 20 pages long (use Print Preview under the File Menu to count the pages)
  6. The specified Section Headings in Bold must be clearly visible in your report.
  7. The report has the two required links at the very bottom of the file, and they work.

Section A: Two Stages of a Driving Personality Makeover Plan

Consider Table 3  in the Lecture Notes, in the Section on Driving Psychology Theory and Charts at   Read the article on driving taxonomy from which the Table is taken by clicking on the link provided there. First, give a brief Introduction stating what your report is for, and where the Table comes from -- give the link. Then, in your own words summarize what the Table is presenting. Do not paste the Tables in your report, only give a link to the Charts section in the Lecture Notes. Explain the two-stage process to a friend. Describe their reaction. What is your conclusion?

Section B: Driving Psychology

Using your own words, describe the main principles of driving psychology. Indicate where your information comes from. How does driving psychology relate to other psychology subjects you studied? Give some examples to illustrate the comparison. How do you explain that driving behavior is not mentioned in other psychology areas: e.g., Introductory Psychology, Social Psychology, Learning Theory, Personality, etc.

Section C: Three Domains of Driving Behavior

Go to the Lecture Notes at and give the Find On This Page...Command under the Edit Menu for    three domains   (no quotes). After finding the first one, press Next. You will find five places where this phrase occurs. Summarize each occurrence of it -- what is being said about it in that instance. How do the three domains relate to other aspects of psychology? How does this help you understand your own behavior in everyday life?

Section D: Student Generational Reports on Driving Psychology

Go to the Lecture Notes Section on Readings. You will find links to student reports from G4 to G20. Select one student report from each of the five generations. Give the author and the link. Summarize what the report presents. After your fifth review, make a conclusion about the usefulness of this type of learning behavior.

Section E: My Driving Personality Makeover Field Experiment

Make up a "driving personality makeover" plan for yourself (or another driver), relating specifically to negative feelings 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 feelings and emotions while driving. Describe the modification plan using elements similar to what you describe in Section D. Now go through with the plan. Describe how the field experiment 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.

Section F: Advice to Future Generations

Summarize what you have learned so far by studying driving psychology. What might be the benefit of this to you? Are any of the concepts or ideas presented in the course difficult for you to accept, and why? How would you apply, modify, or extend the ideas in the course?

Give advice to future generations who will be doing a similar report in the future. Give them tips on how to do a good report of their own. Tell them what they can benefit from doing all the work this course requires.

Section G: Links

(the two required links at the very bottom of the file)

My Home Page:
G25 Class Home Page:

Inspect your report in your Web browser after uploading, and make sure of these seven things:

  1. No paragraph is more than 7 lines long or 150 words
  2. All paragraphs are separated by a blank line.
  3. The report is single spaced.
  4. All links work.
  5. Your report is at least 20 pages long (use Print Preview under the File Menu to count the pages)
  6. It has the Section Headings in Bold specified in these instructions.
  7. It has the two required links at the very bottom of the file, and they work.

Send email to Dr. James at with "Report 1 uploaded" in the Subject Line and the Web address of the report in the body of the email.

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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