General information

  • Funding Institution: CNCS – UEFISCDI, Human Resources Programme
  • Project number: PN-III-P1-1.1-PD-2016-1483
  • Contract number: 79 / 2018
  • Period: May 2018 - April 2020
  • Total Amount: 250000 Lei (≈55555 EUR)
  • Project executive summary (RO):
      Cu toate ca exista multe comportamente problematice in trafic, cum ar fi conducerea sub influenta alcoolului, nerespectarea culorii rosii a semaforului sau depasirile ilegale, excesul de viteza este considerat (de catre multe organizatii ce monitorizeaza trafcul) ca principala cauza a deceslor pe sosele. Studiile care au verificat factorii ce influenteaza excesul de viteza au descoperit ca atitudinea fata de viteza este unul dintre cei mai semnificativi. In timp ce multe studii s-au centrat pe relatia dintre atitudinea fata de comportamentul in trafic si compotamentul efectiv in trafic, in prezent nu exista un review sistematic pe acest subiect. Astfel, un bun punct de plecare pentru acest proiect (Obiectivul 1) este reprezentat de analizarea relatiei dintre atitudinea fata de viteza si excesul de viteza, folosind o abordare meta-analitica.
      Instrumentele de tip self-report sunt adesea folosite în studii privind comportamentul la volan. Acestea pot suferi de inexactitati de reamintire (in cazul comportamentului) sau de relatare (in cazul comportamentului, atitudinilor si a valorilor). Astfel, măsurile mai "obiective" ale comportamentului în trafic sunt de obicei privite ca un plus de valoare în cercetare. Recent, mai multi cercetatori au argumentat pentru folosirea telefoanelor de tip smartphone pentru colectarea datelor comportamentale. Prin accesarea catorva senzori ai telefonului, putem colecta informatii despre mai multe aspecte, precum interactiunile sociale, activitatile zilnice sau pattern-urile de miscare. Astfel, cel de-ai doilea obiectiv al acestui proiect este sa verifice gradul de adecvare al folosirii unei aplicatii smartphone pentru masurarea vitezei in trafic.
      Pana in prezent, putem intalni mai multe incercari de a utiliza conditionarea afectiva pentru a reduce consumul de alcool sau fumatul. Cel de-al treilea obiectiv al acestui grant este de a testa eficienta unei paradigme de conditionare afectiva in reducerea excesului de viteza.
  • Project executive summary (EN):
      Although there are many problematic behaviors on the road, such as alcohol-impaired driving, running red lights and illegal overtaking, speeding is considered (by many traffic organizations) to be the “main killer” on the road. Research that examined the factors influencing individual speeding behavior pointed out that attitude towards speeding is among the most significant ones. While many studies focused on the relation between explicit driving attitudes and driving behavior, a systematic review on the topic is missing. Therefore, a good starting point for this research project (Objective 1) would be to analyze the relation between speeding attitudes and speeding behavior using a meta-analytic approach.
      Self-report instruments are often employed in studies concerning driving behavior (including speeding). Self-reports may suffer from inaccuracies of recall (in the case of behavior) or reporting (in the case of behavior, attitudes and beliefs). Therefore, more “objective” measures of driving behavior are typically regarded as a valuable addition to the research arsenal. Recently, several researchers argued for the usage of smartphones for collecting behavioral data. By accessing several phone sensors, we are able to collect data on several aspects, such as social interactions, daily activities and mobility patterns. Thus, the second objective of this research grant is to verify the appropriateness of using a GPS smartphone application for measuring speeding behavior.
      So far, we can find attempts at using EC for reducing implicit attitudes towards alcohol and alcohol consumption, smoking cessation or implicit attitudes towards speeding. The third objective of this research grant is to verify the efficacy of an evaluative conditioning paradigm in reducing speeding behavior.
  • Team:

Project's objectives:

  • O1. Analyzing the relation between speeding attitudes and speeding behavior using a meta-analytic approach.

  • O2. Verifying the appropriateness of using a GPS smartphone application for measuring speeding behavior.

  • O3. Verifying the efficacy of an evaluative conditioning paradigm based on specific pictures in reducing speeding behavior.
  • Activity report for May - December 2018: click here to access the pdf format

Results dissemination:

    Proposed for 2018:

  • One article submitted to a WoS indexed journal and one presentation at an international conference.
    • Accomplished:
    • One article under review in a WoS indexed journal:
      • Sârbescu, P. & Maricuţoiu, L. (under review). Are you a “bad driver” all the time? Insights from a weekly diary study on personality and dangerous driving behavior. Journal of Research in Personality.
    • One State-of-the-Art presentation at the 18th APIO National Conference on Industrial and Organizational Psychology, Constanţa (Romania), 24-26 May, 2018.
    • One Poster presentation at the 19th European Conference on Personality, Zadar (Croatia), 17-21 July, 2018
    • Proposed for 2019:

    • Two articles (one accepted and one submitted) to WoS indexed journals and two oral presentations at one national and one international conference.
    • Proposed for 2020:

    • Two articles (one accepted and one submitted) to WoS indexed journals and two oral presentations at one national and one international conference.