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It's the thought that counts : developing a model of driver aggression by exploring the underlying cognitive processes

  • Shaw, Lauren M.
Publication Date
Jan 01, 2016
Queensland University of Technology ePrints Archive


While driver aggression is associated with crash involvement, understanding of the underlying causes of, and motivations for it is limited. To address this, the research investigated the psychological processes involved in driver aggression, focusing on how beliefs and attitudes influence the behaviour. In doing so, the research also informed the development of a model of driver aggression based on the General Aggression Model. The results suggested that driver aggression is fuelled by a desire to modify the driving behaviour of other motorists, and that it may reflect a self-fulfilling prophecy stemming from negative views regarding standards of driving behaviour.

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