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The Role of Emotional Intelligence and Social Cognitive Variables in Driving Behavior: A Simulator Study


The present study was explored whether emotional intelligence and social cognitive variables were related to risky driving behavior (speed and lane deviation). Driving behavior was considered as a key predictive factor in road traffic accidents. In this study, the sample were comprised 75 adults between 20- 30 years old (M = 26.80, SD = 3.175) who currently held a valid driver’s license. Emotional Intelligence was assessed via self-report using the EQ-i - Bar-on Emotional Quotient Inventory (EQ-i), and driving behavior was measured using a driving simulator. Different driving behaviors were recorded including speed and lane deviation. The objective data obtained from the simulator were compared to scores result from the emotional Intelligence. Spearman correlations were revealed that age, driving experience and accident cases were related to driving behavior. There was a significant negative relationship among the average speed on roads with subscales of EI except in assertiveness (r=.448). The average speed was correlated positively with assertiveness. The lane deviation score showed significant negative relationship with subscales of EI except in assertiveness (r=.873). This study proposed that programs should be developed to change the attitude of drivers to engage in risky behavior and encourage safe and responsible. It may lead to safer behavior in traffic and a reduction in the number of accidents.

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Emotional Intelligence Social Cognitive Variables Driving Behavior

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Asivandzadeh E, Farshad AA, Jamalizadeh Z, Alimohammad I, Abolghasemi J. The Role of Emotional Intelligence and Social Cognitive Variables in Driving Behavior: A Simulator Study. Int J Occup Hyg. 2018;10(4):226-235.