Jour­neys in the mind: the chal­lenges and ben­e­fits of using online meth­ods to under­stand dri­ver behav­iour and trans­port psychology

Cather­ine Naugh­tie, Uni­ver­si­ty of Bath
@CatNaughtie

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Empir­i­cal dri­ver behav­iour and trans­port psy­chol­o­gy research fre­quent­ly relies on instru­ment­ed vehi­cles, sim­u­la­tors, or nat­u­ral­is­tic obser­va­tion stud­ies, but what can we do when these options are not avail­able? I will pro­vide insights from my expe­ri­ence design­ing, devel­op­ing, and pilot­ing an online study into dri­ver behav­iour and the effect of vehi­cle con­trol per­tur­ba­tions on dri­ver effi­cien­cy and per­for­mance in a sec­ondary atten­tion­al load­ing task. This exper­i­ment was designed to pro­vide a real­is­tic ana­logue of the dri­ving task to explore the psy­cho­log­i­cal under­pin­nings of behaviours. 

In less than two months, it was pos­si­ble to learn JavaScript and devel­op a game as an ana­logue of the dri­ving task and run a pilot study (N = 35) that suc­cess­ful­ly val­i­dat­ed the exper­i­men­tal pro­to­col. Pilot results sup­port­ed the hypoth­e­sised neg­a­tive effect of per­tur­ba­tion on per­for­mance and indi­cat­ed inter­est­ing dynam­ics relat­ing to con­text, degree, and direc­tion of per­tur­ba­tions that are being explored in a fol­low up study. Here, I will out­line the main chal­lenges involved in this process, the ben­e­fits asso­ci­at­ed with it, and show that it is pos­si­ble for a cod­ing novice to devel­op inter­ac­tive, bespoke behav­iour­al exper­i­ments quick­ly and suc­cess­ful­ly. This online approach can facil­i­tate inno­v­a­tive approach­es to dri­ver behav­iour and trans­port psy­chol­o­gy research.

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Jour­neys in the mind: the chal­lenges and ben­e­fits of using online meth­ods to under­stand dri­ver behav­iour and trans­port psychology