Emotions and the young driver PhD Research Scholarship

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Emotions and the young driver PhD Research Scholarship


Applications are invited for this opportunity to be submitted to the Office of Research by 4pm Monday, 29 February.

Project title:  Emotions, situation awareness, and the risky driving behaviour of young novice drivers.

The existing road safety approach has failed to contain the long standing problem of young driver crashes. A critical knowledge gap underpinning this is a failure to consider the role that emotion plays in young driver behaviour. The aim of this innovative research is to radically improve young driver road safety by clarifying and optimally managing the impact of young drivers' emotions upon their situation awareness. This PhD is part of a larger body of research supported by the National Health and Medical Research Council and by the University of the Sunshine Coast.

The aim of this research is to clarify the influence of emotions on situation awareness and then develop and test an intervention that will improve young driver situation awareness and safety. This is vital if meaningful improvements in young driver road safety are to be gained. The specific research objectives are:

  1. to determine the impact of emotions (anxiety, depression, sensation seeking) of newly licensed young Provisional drivers upon their situation awareness (Phase One);
  2. to develop a novel simulator-based team training intervention which will minimise the negative impact, and maximise the positive impact (if any), of the targeted emotions upon the situation awareness skills of the newly-licensed young Provisional drivers (Phase two);
  3. to examine the efficacy of the intervention (Phase Three)

The preferred candidate will have some background in psychology.

For further information on the project, contact USC Research Fellow Dr Bridie Scott-Parker

To be eligible for this scholarship, applicants must:
  • hold a Bachelor degree with First Class honours, or be assessed by USC as having an equivalent level of attainment;
  • not hold an equivalent HDR qualification to that being applied for;
  • not be receiving an equivalent scholarship, or salary providing a benefit greater than 75 percent of the APA stipend rate to undertake the HDR
  • recipients must maintain satisfactory progress as a full-time higher degree by research candidate at the University of the Sunshine Coast
Selection criteria:
  • Undergraduate achievement; and
  • Research alignment; and
  • Publications; and
  • Most recent or relevant degree
Eligible programs:
Number available:
Stipend commensurate with the APA rate, Tuition Fees and Overseas Health Cover for the standard duration of the program.
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