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Eye movements and hazard perception: How applying cognitive psychology can save lives

An Inaugural Lecture by Professor David Crundall

David Crundall
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In this lecture, David will discuss a number of studies that he has conducted over the last two decades that demonstrate the importance of understanding where people look when they drive, and how this has contributed to our understanding of drivers’ hazard perception skills.

  • From: Thursday 19 January 2017, 6 pm
  • To: Thursday 19 January 2017, 7.30 pm
  • Location: Newton building, Main Entrance, Nottingham Trent University, City Campus, Goldsmith Street, Nottingham, NG1 4BU
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Understanding how we move our eyes and visual attention around natural scenes is of theoretical interest to cognitive psychologists. This research question takes on greater importance when the natural scene is a roadway, and the observer is travelling through that scene in a one-and-a-half tonne vehicle at speed.

One of the key developments in this field was the introduction of the UK hazard perception test in 2002. This simple test was designed by psychologists to measure the hazard perception skill of learner drivers and ensure that drivers pass a minimum threshold before they are allowed to take their on-road test. The success of this will also be considered.

The talk will finish with a look at two recent studies. The first attempted to create a hazard perception test for fire appliance drivers. The second is a cross-cultural study looking at the international applicability of our hazard perception testing methodology.

Professor Crundall concludes that the current national hazard perception test in the UK is inadequate for discriminating safe and unsafe drivers under a variety of settings. Fortunately, Professor Crundall has an alternative…

Professor David Crundall

Professor David Crundall is an internationally-recognised expert on traffic and transport psychology with over 65 peer-reviewed articles in the field. He gained his PhD in Experimental Psychology in 1999 and has since received over £3 million in funding from various sources including UK Research Councils, government agencies, charities and commercial sponsors. He has given keynote speeches and invited presentations at major international gatherings of professionals and academics.

David has been a member of two EU Cost Actions (on motorcycle and bicycle safety), is a member of the UK Parliamentary Advisory Council on Transport Safety and a member of Transport Psychology International (an international transport-expert forum and lobby group), and the International Association of Applied Psychologists (Division 13: Traffic and Transport Psychology).

In 2010, he built the Nottingham Integrated Transport and Environmental Simulation facility (at the University of Nottingham), and became the facility’s first director. In 2013 he moved to Nottingham Trent University to take up a chair and has since devoted much of his time to hazard perception research, applied vision in various contexts.....


5.30 pm: Registration and welcome refreshments
6 pm: Inaugural lecture
7 pm: Drinks reception
7.30 pm: Close

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Location details


Newton building, Main Entrance


Nottingham Trent University
City Campus
Goldsmith Street

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