Moving around: the psychology of transport

Stradling, Stephen G (2006) Moving around: the psychology of transport. Foresight Intelligent Infrastructure Project state of research review. pp. 1-10.

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Why do we move around at all? Because we can, because we have to, because we like to is the simplest formulation dividing out the different kinds of motive forces driving travel behaviours and transport choices. All life forms move, even if only to orient daily towards the sun while remaining rooted in the earth. Animal life typically requires movement for sustenance, shelter and mate selection to enhance individual and species survival.
One corollary of this formulation is that if we want to change individual travel behaviour we will need to vary the travel opportunities, lifestyle obligations and/or personal inclinations shaping an individual’s activity space. Varying the infrastructure by making it more intelligent, for example, will affect the interactions within and between these three factors.
The relatively new field of transport psychology looks at psychological factors influencing travel and transport choices and behaviours. This brief review draws on a partial selection of recent research from this field to illustrate three axioms likely to apply in the introduction of intelligent infrastructure technologies to facilitate or constrain moving around

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: psychology of transport; travel behaviour; transport choices; intelligent infrastructure; travel opportunities;
University Divisions/Research Centres: Faculty of Health, Life & Social Sciences > School of Health and Social Sciences
Dewey Decimal Subjects: 100 Philosophy & psychology > 150 Psychology > 152 Perception, movement, emotions & drives
300 Social sciences > 380 Commerce, communications & transportation > 388 Transportation; ground transportation
Library of Congress Subjects: H Social Sciences > HE Transportation and Communications
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Item ID: 2590
Depositing User: Mrs Lyn Gibson
Date Deposited: 13 May 2009 13:11
Last Modified: 13 May 2009 13:11

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