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Children's understanding of drivers' intentions

Foot, H.C. and Thomson, J.A. and Tolmie, A.K. and Whelan, K.M. and Morrison, S. and Sarvary, P.A. (2006) Children's understanding of drivers' intentions. British Journal of Developmental Psychology, 24 (4). pp. 681-700. ISSN 0261-510X

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Abstract

To become more skilled as pedestrians, children need to acquire a view of the traffic environment as one in which road users are active agents with different intentions and objectives. This paper describes a simulation study designed to explore children's understanding of drivers' intentions. It also investigated the effect of training children's sensitivity, through peer discussion and adult guidance, to the cues by which drivers signal their intentions. Results confirmed that children's ability to accurately predict drivers' intentions improves with age and that sensitizing children through training to the options for action available to drivers when signalling a manoeuvre improves their accuracy in predicting drivers' intentions. Training was also found to shift children's focus from contextual infrastructural features of the traffic environment (e.g. traffic signals, stop signs) by which to judge drivers' likely intentions to the explicit cues that drivers use to signal their imminent actions (e.g. slowing down, moving into the kerb). Training on the simulation was also shown to transfer to practical decision making at the roadside.

Item type: Article
ID code: 5132
Keywords: developmental psychology, child psychology, drivers, driving, children, Psychology, Developmental Neuroscience, Developmental and Educational Psychology
Subjects: Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > Psychology
Department: Faculty of Law, Arts and Social Sciences > Psychology
Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences (HaSS) > School of Psychological Science and Health > Psychology
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    Depositing user: Strathprints Administrator
    Date Deposited: 09 Jan 2008
    Last modified: 04 Sep 2014 17:01
    URI: http://strathprints.strath.ac.uk/id/eprint/5132

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