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Title

Right Wing Authoritarianism and Aggressive Driving

Presentation Type

Poster Presentation

Abstract

Previous research that has been conducted using the Right Wing Authoritarianism Scale shows that people who score higher on this scale exhibit a higher degree of aggression toward out-groups. In addition to this, people who exhibit more Authoritarianism are also more likely to express hostility and aggression when aroused (Whitley 1999). This study seeks to further explore authoritarianism and how it is correlated to driving aggression. It is hypothesized that participants that have higher scores on the Right Wing Authoritarianism Scale will also have higher scores on driving aggression due to being aroused in a provoking driving situation. Approximately 75 participants will be surveyed through Amazon Mechanical TURK. Each participant will complete a variety of measures, including the State Anger Scale (Nesbit, Blankenship & Murray, 2011), the Driving Anger Scale (Deffenbacher, Oetting, & Lynch, 1994), a driving survey (adapted from Deffenbacher, Huff, Lynch, Oetting, & Salvatore, 2000), the Trait Anger Scale (Spielberger, 1999), a measure of social dominance orientation (Pratto, Sidanius, Stallworth, & Malle, 1994), a measure of right-wing authoritarianism (Rattazzie, Bobbio, & Canova, 2007), and the Dula Dangerous Driving Index (Dula & Ballard, 2003). Data collection is on going at this time; however we expect to find that higher scores of authoritarianism will predict more driving anger, greater likelihood of aggressive behavior and/or negative driving outcomes (tickets, accidents) in the past.

Start Date

25-4-2015 12:00 PM

End Date

25-4-2015 1:15 PM

Faculty Advisor

Sunde Nesbit

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Location: Great Reading Room, Seerley Hall

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Apr 25th, 12:00 PM Apr 25th, 1:15 PM

Right Wing Authoritarianism and Aggressive Driving

Previous research that has been conducted using the Right Wing Authoritarianism Scale shows that people who score higher on this scale exhibit a higher degree of aggression toward out-groups. In addition to this, people who exhibit more Authoritarianism are also more likely to express hostility and aggression when aroused (Whitley 1999). This study seeks to further explore authoritarianism and how it is correlated to driving aggression. It is hypothesized that participants that have higher scores on the Right Wing Authoritarianism Scale will also have higher scores on driving aggression due to being aroused in a provoking driving situation. Approximately 75 participants will be surveyed through Amazon Mechanical TURK. Each participant will complete a variety of measures, including the State Anger Scale (Nesbit, Blankenship & Murray, 2011), the Driving Anger Scale (Deffenbacher, Oetting, & Lynch, 1994), a driving survey (adapted from Deffenbacher, Huff, Lynch, Oetting, & Salvatore, 2000), the Trait Anger Scale (Spielberger, 1999), a measure of social dominance orientation (Pratto, Sidanius, Stallworth, & Malle, 1994), a measure of right-wing authoritarianism (Rattazzie, Bobbio, & Canova, 2007), and the Dula Dangerous Driving Index (Dula & Ballard, 2003). Data collection is on going at this time; however we expect to find that higher scores of authoritarianism will predict more driving anger, greater likelihood of aggressive behavior and/or negative driving outcomes (tickets, accidents) in the past.