Does social media influence our driving behaviour

Numerous studies have indicated a relationship between social media use and perceptions/behaviour, but very few studies to date have investigated the effects of social media on driving behaviour. Our team at the Road Safety Research Collaboration Unit of the University of the Sunshine Coast are currently investigating whether exposure to driving-related content on social media influences (a) perceptions/attitudes toward road safety and (b) engagement in risky driving behaviours. In this talk, Dr Stefanidis will provide an overview of these new projects. PhD Candidate Laura Mills will then discuss her research project investigating social media, Police Location Pages and drug driving.

About the Speakers:

Dr Kayla Stefanidis

Bio: Dr Kayla Stefanidis is employed as a Research Fellow within the Road Safety Research Collaboration Unit at the University of the Sunshine Coast. Dr Stefanidis holds a Bachelor of Psychology (with honours) degree and a PhD in cerebrovascular function and age-related cognitive decline. Her current research focuses on the relationships between social media use, perceptions towards road safety and rule compliance.

PhD Candidate Laura Mills

Bio: Laura Mills recently commenced her PhD with the University of the Sunshine Coast Road Safety Research Collaboration. Her program of research is focussed on drug driving and the impact of social media on offending. She holds a Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) which she completed at the University of the Sunshine Coast.

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