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Riding the emotional roller-coaster: Using the circumplex model of affect to model motorcycle riders’ emotional state-changes at intersections

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posted on 10.09.2019 by Olugbenga Samuel, Guy Walker, Paul Salmon, Ashleigh Filtness, Nicholas Stevens, Christine Mulvihill, Sarah Payne, Neville Stanton
This study uses Russell’s Circumplex Model of Affect to examine whether motorcycle rider emotion is contingent on the environment and behavior. If it is contingent then it becomes predictable. If it is predictable it becomes potentially usable for innovating new ways to improve the safety and utility of this important transport mode. Eighteen motorcyclists took part in a 15km on-road study during which they were videoed, tracked via GPS, and followed by a ‘chase vehicle’ as they negotiated intersections, all the while providing a concurrent verbal commentary. The verbal commentary was content analysed using a novel method for mapping the verbalized emotional themes to the Circumplex Model. Network analysis was then used to explore the state changes between affective zones in the model. Riders’ emotions at intersections were found to vacillate between negative and positive affect, demonstrating high degrees of emotional dynamism. Many of these transitions occur in and out of the dominant positive state of calmness, with non-calm states appearing to be aversive and those which riders were seeking to avoid. Knowing this brings forward interesting new approaches for safe intersection design.

Funding

EPSRC grant Centre for Sustainable Road Freight, award reference: EP/K00915X/1

Australian Research Council funded research project entitled “Distributed situation awareness and road safety: Development of theory, measures, guidelines and interventions”

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Published in

Transportation Research Part F: Traffic Psychology and Behaviour

Volume

66

Pages

139 - 150

Publisher

Elsevier

Version

AM (Accepted Manuscript)

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© Elsevier Ltd.

Publisher statement

This paper was accepted for publication in the journal Transportation Research Part F: Traffic Psychology and Behaviour and the definitive published version is available at https://doi.org/10.1016/j.trf.2019.08.018.

Acceptance date

22/08/2019

Publication date

2019-09-11

Copyright date

2019

ISSN

1369-8478

Language

en

Depositor

Dr Ashleigh Filtness

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