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Drivers' Cognition and Dynamics of Traffic-Condition Induced by Network Modification

Satoshi Fujii (Department of Civil Engineering, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Tokyo, Japan)
Ryuichi Kitamura (Department of Civil Engineering Systems, Kyoto University, Kyoto, Japan)

The Network Reliability of Transport

ISBN: 978-0-08-044109-2, eISBN: 978-1-78-635954-4

Publication date: 8 May 2003


In this paper, we discussed relations between drivers' cognition and the dynamics of traffic conditions. When we take into account drivers' cognition, many types of psychological impedance to behavioral change could be accounted for, including cognitive conservatism and habitual decision making. Based on psychological theories with respect to these impedance to behavioral change, we elucidated the process of changes in traffic conditions that might be induced by changes in road-network structure. As a result of the discussion, we concluded that traffic conditions are unlikely change as much as predicted by theories that assume a simple, and sometimes unique, relation between a traffic condition and a road-network structure, e.g., theories that assume user equilibrium.


Fujii, S. and Kitamura, R. (2003), "Drivers' Cognition and Dynamics of Traffic-Condition Induced by Network Modification", Bell, M.G.H. and Iida, Y. (Ed.) The Network Reliability of Transport, Emerald Group Publishing Limited, Leeds, pp. 209-224.



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