Dr Chloe Robbins
BSc, MSc, PhD
School of Architecture
Research Associate in Architecture
+44 114 222 0319
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School of Architecture
I am Research Associate in the School of Architecture at the University of Sheffield. I joined the school in March 2019, after spending the previous 7 years at the University of Nottingham. At Nottingham, I completed a BSc in Psychology, and a 1+3 ESRC funded MSc (Psychology Research Methods) and PhD. My PhD focused broadly on the psychology of road user behaviour, specifically exploring the causes of motorcycle crashes that occur at junctions.
I am currently working on an interdisciplinary EPSRC funded project, lead by Professor Steve Fotios, exploring how lighting can be optimised on the road to enhance drivers’ ability to detect hazards. The project considers elements of driver attention and distraction, as well as the use of active visibility aids.
- Research interests
My main area of research application is the psychology of road user behaviour. My general theoretical interests include attention, perception and memory in these contexts.
I am particularly interested in the safety of vulnerable road users including motorcyclists, pedal cyclists and pedestrians. I also have a keen interest in driver distraction, exploring how drivers distribute their attention towards the primary task of driving and secondary tasks. More recently, I have used large road traffic collision datasets to understand the role of light and lighting in crash risk.
I have an interest in behavioural research methodologies including eye tracking, psychophysics and the use of driving simulation. I have conducted many driving experiments in simulators which differ in fidelity and on the road.
- The effect of a secondary task on drivers’ gap acceptance and situational awareness at junctions. Ergonomics, 1-15.
- Motorcycle safety after-dark : the factors associated with greater risk of road-traffic collisions. Accident Analysis & Prevention, 146.
- A comparison of approaches for investigating the impact of ambient light on road traffic collisions. Lighting Research & Technology. View this article in WRRO
- Road lighting and distraction whilst driving: Establishing the significant types of distraction. Lighting Research & Technology. View this article in WRRO
- Research note: Describing average illuminance for P-class roads. Lighting Research & Technology. View this article in WRRO
- How does drivers’ visual search change as a function of experience? A systematic review and meta-analysis. Accident Analysis & Prevention, 132. View this article in WRRO
- Comparing drivers’ visual attention at junctions in real and simulated environments. Applied Ergonomics, 80, 89-101. View this article in WRRO
- The ‘saw but forgot’ error : a role for short-term memory failures in understanding junction crashes?. PLOS ONE, 9. View this article in WRRO
- Student drivers the morning after drinking: A willingness to violate road rules despite typical visual attention. Transportation Research Part F: Traffic Psychology and Behaviour, 62, 376-389.
- Drivers’ Visual Search Behavior Toward Vulnerable Road Users at Junctions as a Function of Cycling Experience. Human Factors: The Journal of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, 60(7), 889-901.
- Comparing drivers’ gap acceptance for cars and motorcycles at junctions using an adaptive staircase methodology. Transportation Research Part F: Traffic Psychology and Behaviour, 58, 944-954.
- Comparing car drivers’ and motorcyclists’ opinions about junction crashes. Accident Analysis & Prevention, 117, 304-317.
- The effect of distraction, response mode and age on peripheral target detection to inform studies of lighting for driving. Lighting Research & Technology, 147715352097901-147715352097901.
- Research group
Lighting Research Group
- ESRC 1+3 funded MSc Psychology Research Methods, and PhD (University of Nottingham, 2015-2019)
- Graduate Travel Prize- Funding to attend the International Conference of Applied Psychology (University of Nottingham, 2018).
- The University of Nottingham Advantage Award (2015)
- BPS funded internship (University of Nottingham, School of Psychology, 2013)
- Professional activities
Associate Fellow of the UK Higher Education Academy