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Effects of main actor, outcome and affect on biased braking speedjudgments
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Psychology.
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2012 (English)In: Judgment and decision making, ISSN 1930-2975, Vol. 7, no 3, 235-243 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Subjects who judged speed in a driving scenario overestimated how fast they could decelerate when speeding comparedto when keeping within the speed limit (Svenson, 2009). The purpose of the present studies were to replicatestudies conducted in Europe with subjects in the U.S., to study the influence of speed unit (kph vs. mph), affectivereactions to outcome (collision) and identity of main actor (driver) on braking speed judgments. The results replicatedthe European findings and the outcome affective factor (passing a line/killing a child) and the actor factor (subject/driverin general) had significant effects on judgments of braking speed. The results were related to psychological theory andapplied implications were discussed.

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2012. Vol. 7, no 3, 235-243 p.
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overconfidence, driving speed, braking, affect heuristic, traffic safety
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Applied Psychology
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-77049ISI: 000304563300002OAI: diva2:529221
Available from: 2012-05-29 Created: 2012-05-29 Last updated: 2012-10-02Bibliographically approved

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