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Speed perception fogs up as visibility drops [Letter]

Snowden, Robert Jefferson, Stimpson, Nicola and Ruddle, Roy A. 1998. Speed perception fogs up as visibility drops [Letter]. Nature 392 (6675) , p. 450. 10.1038/33049

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Many horrendous vehicle accidents occur in foggy weather. Drivers know they should slow down because fog reduces visibility, but many still drive too quickly1. The 'blame' for many such accidents may be due to a perceptual quirk: it appears that drivers think they are driving far more slowly than they actually are in foggy conditions, and therefore increase their speed.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Psychology
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
R Medicine > RC Internal medicine > RC0321 Neuroscience. Biological psychiatry. Neuropsychiatry
Publisher: Nature Publishing Group
ISSN: 0028-0836
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 04:10

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