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Effects of inferred social status and a beginning driver's sticker upon aggression of drivers in Japan.
C 30457 [electronic version only]
Yazawa, H.
Psychological Reports, Vol. 94 (2004), No. 3, Part 2 (June), p. 1215-1220, 15 ref.

Samenvatting The present study examined how inferred social status and a beginning driver's sticker influenced aggressive drivers' behaviour on the road in Japan. A 2 x 2 x 2 factorial design was constructed to examine the effects of social status of an experimental car (high or low), with a beginning driver's sticker or no beginning driver's sticker, and a male or female driver. Analysis showed that horn-honking latency in the sticker condition was longer than that in the no-sticker condition in the low status car. In the high status car, the horn was sounded sooner in the condition with a beginning driver's sticker. A beginning driver's sticker promoted aggressive behaviour towards a high status person, whereas it inhibited aggressive behaviour toward low status individuals. Thus, response to a beginning driver's sticker appears to vary according to inferred social status. (Author/publisher)
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