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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.