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Beauty is in the eye of the beholder: the appraisal of facial attractiveness and its relation to conscious awareness (2018)
Journal Article
Tsikandilakis, M., Bali, P., & Chapman, P. (2019). Beauty is in the eye of the beholder: the appraisal of facial attractiveness and its relation to conscious awareness. Perception, 48(1), 72-92. doi:10.1177/0301006618813035

Previous research suggests that facial attractiveness relies on features such as symmetry, averageness and above-average sexual dimorphic characteristics. Due to the evolutionary and sociobiological value of these characteristics, it has been suggest... Read More

Comparing drivers’ gap acceptance for cars and motorcycles at junctions using an adaptive staircase methodology (2018)
Journal Article
Robbins, C. J., Allen, H. A., & Chapman, P. (in press). Comparing drivers’ gap acceptance for cars and motorcycles at junctions using an adaptive staircase methodology. Transportation Research Part F: Traffic Psychology and Behaviour, ISSN 1369-8478

A disproportionate number of road deaths occur at intersections where one vehicle is a motorcycle. Previous research has not systematically varied the type of vehicles presented in a controlled environment. We compared drivers’ (n=54) gap acceptance... Read More

The moderating effect of trait anxiety on anxiety-related thoughts and actions whilst driving (2018)
Journal Article
Barnard, M. P., & Chapman, P. (2018). The moderating effect of trait anxiety on anxiety-related thoughts and actions whilst driving. Personality and Individual Differences, 135, doi:10.1016/j.paid.2018.07.027. ISSN 0191-8869

Whilst there is evidence for the impact of driving anxiety on behaviour, less exists for the impact of trait anxiety; what does exist is inconclusive. The current study explored the possibility that trait anxiety interacts with driving anxiety to imp... Read More

Drivers’ visual search behavior toward vulnerable road users at junctions as a function of cycling experience (2018)
Journal Article
Robbins, C. J., & Chapman, P. (in press). Drivers’ visual search behavior toward vulnerable road users at junctions as a function of cycling experience. Human Factors, doi:10.1177/0018720818778960. ISSN 0018-7208

Objective The current study investigated the behaviour and visual attention of two groups of drivers with differing pedal cycling experience (pedal cyclists and non-pedal cyclists), towards vulnerable road users at junctions in a driving simulator.... Read More

Comparing car drivers’ and motorcyclists’ opinions about junction crashes (2018)
Journal Article
Robbins, C. J., Allen, H. A., & Chapman, P. (2018). Comparing car drivers’ and motorcyclists’ opinions about junction crashes. Accident Analysis and Prevention, 117, doi:10.1016/j.aap.2018.05.001. ISSN 0001-4575

Motorcyclists are involved in a disproportionate number of crashes given the distance they travel, with a high proportion of these crashes occurring at junctions. Despite car drivers being solely responsible for many road crashes involving a motorcyc... Read More

Commentary driver training: effects of commentary exposure, practice and production on hazard perception and eye movements (2017)
Journal Article
Young, A. H., Crundall, D., & Chapman, P. (2017). Commentary driver training: effects of commentary exposure, practice and production on hazard perception and eye movements. Accident Analysis and Prevention, 101, doi:10.1016/j.aap.2017.01.007. ISSN 0001-4575

Commentary driving typically involves being trained in how to produce a verbal running commentary about what you can see, what you are doing, what might happen and what action you will take to avoid potential hazards, while driving. Although video-ba... Read More

Prefrontal cortex activation and young driver behaviour: a fNIRS study (2016)
Journal Article
Foy, H. J., Runham, P., & Chapman, P. (2016). Prefrontal cortex activation and young driver behaviour: a fNIRS study. PLoS ONE, doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0156512. ISSN 1932-6203

Road traffic accidents consistently show a significant over-representation for young, novice and particularly male drivers. This research examines the prefrontal cortex activation of young drivers and the changes in activation associated with manipul... Read More