CONTACT: GARY GALLUZZO
100 Old Public Library
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 384-0009; fax (319) 384-0024
Release: Dec. 14, 1999
Dec. 17 lecture to discuss 'The Myth of Road Rage'
IOWA CITY, Iowa "The Myth of Road Rage" will
be the topic of a 3:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 17 lecture by researcher Dr. Nicholas
Ward in Room W401, John Pappajohn Business Building at the University of Iowa.
Ward, a faculty member of the School of Psychology
and an associate research scientist with the Institute for Transport Studies
at the University of Leeds, England, will present the results of a survey
of 362 licensed drivers in Northamptonshire, England. The study found that
the reported level of violence related to driver aggression alone is very
low. It concluded that reports of a high incidence of road rage may have been
exaggerated due to a failure to differentiate between the concept of road
rage and specific, non-violent responses.
The free, public lecture is sponsored by the UI College
of Engineering department of industrial engineering, the College of Medicine
department of neurology, and the Public Policy Center. In addition to his
faculty appointment, Ward is director of the Leeds Advanced Driving Simulator
and the Human Factors Research Laboratory.
Further information may be obtained by contacting
Daniel McGehee, director of the Human Factors Research Program at the Public
Policy Center, at 319-335-6819. Individuals with disabilities are encouraged
to attend all University of Iowa-sponsored events. If you are a person with
a disability who requires an accommodation in order to participate in this
program, please contact the Public Policy Center in advance.