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Psychology of Driving - PSY440

This unit is subject to a quota. Limited places are available. Please refer to the Faculty for further information

This unit examines driving behaviour from a human factors perspective. Many of the factors that affect safe/unsafe driving are the same as those that affect occupational safety. Human error is regarded as a contributing factor in 70-90% of accidents in all walks of life, often brought about by poor human factors design. This unit will discuss how the factors of perception, attention, distraction, memory, fatigue, risk sensitivity, experience, and drugs - both prescribed and 'recreational' can affect driving. They will be looked at within the total context of user experience, their limitations and their predispositions. In the light of these insights we will discuss how a safer system can be designed to accommodate the fallibility of its users.

Credit Points: 3
When Offered:

S2 Day - Session 2, North Ryde, Day

Staff Contact(s): Dr Eugene Chekaluk, Dr Julia Irwin



PSY490 or PSY495

NCCW(s): PSYC440, PSYC740
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Unit Type:
Assessed As: Graded
Offered By:

Department of Psychology

Faculty of Human Sciences

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