409a-g25-report2 Fall 2006 Dr. Leon James, Instructor. University of Hawaii.

Instructions for Report 2

Due Date:  Dec. 4

Step 1:

In your word processor create a file. Save the file under the name  xx-409a-g25-report2 but change the default for the type of file -- Save As a "Web page". Replace the xx with your last name (which will be the name of the folder where you upload all your own work). Be sure to use the exact same file name, lower case letters, with the hyphens and no spaces or capital letters. You will be using this file to enter all the sections as you progressively write them.

Step 2:

Read all the questions first. There are five questions you must answer from the set given below. The entire question should always be pasted at the beginning of your answer and marked as follows (bold or underlined):
The Question I am answering is Question xx
(and paste the entire question here)

Step 3:

Add a Section called "My Report on the Previous Generation." Select any four student reports from G20 listed in this directory of links:
How do their reports differ from your report? How is the theory or content similar? How do you evaluate their level of understanding of driving psychology? What advice do you have about the generational curriculum?

Step 4:

Now give your answers to the five questions. Be sure you format appropriately to make it easy to read. One blank line between short paragraphs -- is the best way to go. Use tables or images to enhance your answers, if relevant. Use sub-headings between sub-sub-sections to make it easier and more interesting to read.

Step 5:

Now add a Section called "Advice to Future Generations". Tell them what they should know to succeed in this course and what they can expect to get out of it.

Step 6 (six parts):

(a) At the top of your document type the following centered Title Lines:


Report 2
My Report on Driving Psychology
By your name

Instructions for this report are at:
I am answering Questions xx, xx, xx, xx and xx.

Dr. Leon James, Instructor
University of Hawaii
December 2006


(b) Fill in the xx as appropriate.

(c) Put these two required links at the bottom of the file:

Class Home Page: www.soc.hawaii.edu/leonj/leonj/leonpsy25/classhome-g25.htm   

My Home Page: www.soc.hawaii.edu/leon/409af2006/xx/xx-home.htm

(Note: replace xx with your last name which should also be the name of your folder. Do not use upper case letters or spaces in file or folder names).

(d) Spell check your document.

(e) Upload your file (the computer automatically adds .htm to your file name when you save it as a Web page). You must upload the .htm version by saving it as a Web Page. Do not upload a .doc file. Sometimes you need to upload a folder along with the file -- see FTP Uploading Instructions at:  www.soc.hawaii.edu/leonj/leonj/leonpsy25/g25-ftp.htm .

(f) After uploading the file view it with your Web browser by going to your folder on the Web. Click Refresh Page. Now check it for mistakes and to see if it looks as you want it to look.

Make the changes in your word processor and upload the new version. It will automatically replace the old version. Click Refresh Page  Check it again and repeat until it's just right.


Your Report 2 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 data or theory on driving psychology, and by the general public looking for information on this topic.

Thousands of people who navigate the Web find these generational student reports through Web search engines when they are looking for topics on driving psychology. Your effort 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 and science.

Note on Privacy: Students can use a pseudonym or pen name 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.

Here are the Questions

You must select your Questions as follows:

  • Questions  1, 2, and 3 (all three)
  • Questions 4, 5, 6, 7  (any two of them)
  • That makes 5 questions in all. Each answer should be at least three pages long (single spaced).

    No paragraph can exceed 7 lines or 150 words). There must be a blank space after each paragraph (only one blank line, not 2 or 3 blank lines creating white space). Look at your Report in your Web Browser to make sure. Don't use a background color for your page -- keep it white for easier reading.

    Required to do this:

    Each question and question number must be pasted at the beginning of your answer. The entire question with all sub-parts must be pasted at the beginning of each question. Then, when you answer sub-parts, paste only the sub-part question again.  In this way readers know what you are answering at all times. Bold the questions and sub-questions so they look different than your answers. This contrast is necessary so readers are properly oriented to what you are talking about.

    Be sure that your answers show the sub-parts for each question (a), (b), etc. and also the sub-sub-divisions (i), (ii), etc. This is a requirement for every Question.

    If you answer more than five questions for bonus points (optional), mark each extra question with the sub-title "For Extra points -- Question Number xx"). The maximum total bonus points is 4.

    Question 1:

    (a) Contrast our two textbooks: Road Rage and Aggressive Driving (James and Nahl), and Driving Lessons: Exploring Systems That Make Traffic Safer (Peter Rothe, Editor). Name some ways they are similar, and some ways they are different. Would either text be suitable for high school students?

    (b) Discuss in what way these ideas can help solve society's driving problems. Be specific: describe the main problems (use some statistics) and how can particular ideas in these two books help solve those problems.

    (c) Describe the reactions of friends when you tell them about driving personality makeovers and its psychological and social context.

    Question 2: 

    (a) Search Google News section, for "road rage." Describe what you see. Is it a general phenomenon? How do you react?

    (b) How do you explain what's going on -- using driving psychology theory. Connect what you found in the news with the problems and solutions you discuss in Question 1.

    (c) Tell your friends about what you found. Describe their reaction.

    Question 3:

    (a) Select some student reports at www.soc.hawaii.edu/leonj/499s2003/newsgroups  Discuss your reactions to what they did their ideas, their method, and their explanations. What did they gain from doing their reports? How do their ideas influence what you yourself think about these issues?

    (b) Now go to Google Groups search and type in "driving". See if you can corroborate the conclusions of the student reports which were done several years ago. Is this still going on the same way?

    Question 4:

    (a) Consider Table 4 in the Lecture Notes at  www.soc.hawaii.edu/leonj/leonj/leonpsy25/409a-g25-lecture-notes.htm#Charts   Read the Section titled "The AWM Approach in Driver Self-Modification" where Table 4 is located. In your own words summarize what it is about.

    (b) Now select the norms that characterize your threefold self as a driver, passenger, or pedestrian.

    (c) Try the AWM procedure on at least two trips or episodes. What is your conclusion? How can this approach be promoted in our society?

    Question 5:

    (a) Our textbook Road Rage and Aggressive Driving has checklist exercises in several chapters. Have a friend do the following four exercises:

    (i) Exercise on Aggressive Thoughts and Feelings on p. 65-66
    (ii) Exercise on Are You an Aggressive Competitor on p. 104-5
    (iii) Exercise on Positive Driving Behaviors on p. 212-3
    (iv) Exercise on Your Passive Aggressive Road Rage Tendency on p. 88-9

    (b) Discuss the results with your friends. How do you explain the results? Where did they get this style of reacting and driving? How do they help you understand some principles of driving psychology mentioned in the book?

    (c) Discuss how this activity helps you to become more aware of yourself as a driver.

    Question 6:

    (a) Search the Web and the University of Hawaii Library Electronic Resources of full text journals to find out what is known about how cell phone use affects people's driving. Summarize some of this literature. Be sure you have articles from both the Web and the Library Electronic Journals Databases. Give the full reference and link for each article.

    (b) Use the theory in the Lecture Notes to explain what drivers need to learn about themselves in order to be able to handle the proper use of cell phones while driving. Is it better to train drivers to use cell phones properly or is it better to outlaw the use of any cell phones while driving? Discuss the solutions.

    Question 7:

    (a) Find a road rage newspaper story on the Web that gives enough detail that you can reconstruct the interactions between the people involved. Now do a scenario analysis of events. The Road Rage and Aggressive Driving book gives some examples (see the Book Index under "Scenario analysis:. There is also an example in the Lecture Notes in the Section on Charts at Table 7 -- see

    (b) Try to reconstruct the interactions by making a list or table of the steps, as illustrated in our textbook. Apply driving psychology principles to explain what's going on at each step and how it influences the outcome.

    Back to G25 Class Home Page:

    DrDriving: www.drdriving.org