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A BRIEF HISTORY
To stimulate international contacts among those working in this field, the initiative to form a Division of Traffic and Transportation Psychology was taken at the 22nd International Congress of Applied Psychology (ICAP) in 1990, held in Kyoto, Japan. The Division was officially established at the IAAP Executive Committee meeting in 1994, in Madrid, Spain, under its inaugural President, Professor J. A. “Talib” Rothengatter.
WHY A DIVISION OF TRAFFIC AND TRANSPORTATION PSYCHOLOGY?
On the world’s roads every year there are approximately 1.3 million fatalities, while estimates of annual non-fatal crash injuries vary between 23 and 34 million people.
Other problems associated with road user behaviour include time delays through traffic congestion, and associated negative emotions including anger and stress, as well as environmental problems – particularly pollution and contributions to climate change, and sustainability of transport use.
Traffic and transportation psychologists are highly motivated to seek greater understanding of human factors, cognitions and behaviors underlying these issues, and particularly to uncover ways of reducing the global toll of death and injury on the world’s roads. Thus, this field of applied psychology continues to gain in relevance and importance. Through its various activities, Division 13 serves as an international forum for like-minded researchers and others working within this vital field.
Our ambitions include broadening the scope of Division 13 members’ involvement in traffic and transportation research to study psychological aspects of other transport modes, including rail, aviation and marine.