Influence of music on driver psychology and safety-relevant behaviours: a multi-study inductive content analysis

Costas I. Karageorghis, William Payre, Luke W. Howard, Garry Kuan, Elias Mouchlianitis, Nick Reed, Andrew M. Parkes

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    Abstract

    Underpinned by pragmatism and symbolic interactionism, an inductive content analysis was conducted to assess driving experiences under a variety of music conditions. Many quantitative studies have addressed the effects of music on drivers, but there has been a conspicuous dearth of qualitative research to provide a more nuanced understanding of music-related phenomena. Data collection took place over three simulated driving studies, each with different tasks/participants (Study 1–n = 34, Study 2–n = 46, and Study 3–n = 27). The inductive content analysis was conducted by two members of the research team and a peer debriefing was conducted by a third. Findings show that music can have a range of affective, behavioural and cognitive effects (both positive and negative), that are moderated by the driving environment (i.e. urban vs. highway) and aspects of the musical stimulus (i.e. inclusion/non-inclusion of lyrics, loudness and tempo). Participants were mindful of the implications of in-vehicle music vis-à-vis the safety–performance–pleasure trade-off. The analysis suggested a perceived beneficial effect of music and consequent contribution to driving style/safety-related performance. Younger drivers’ apparent reliance on music as a means by which to regulate their emotion highlights an education need in terms of optimising selections. Supplemental data for this article is available online at https://doi.org/10.1080/1463922X.2021.2009933.

    Original languageEnglish
    Article number2009933
    Pages (from-to)643-662
    Number of pages20
    JournalTheoretical Issues in Ergonomics Science
    Volume23
    Issue number6
    Early online date13 Dec 2021
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2022

    Bibliographical note

    © 2021 The Author(s). Published by Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group.
    This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited

    Funder

    This study was funded by a UKRI Economic and Social Research Council grant awarded to the first and last authors (ES/R005559/1). The study was also supported by a research grant from the Direct Line Group (UK)

    Keywords

    • Distraction
    • emotion
    • pragmatism
    • qualitative
    • symbolic interactionism

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Human Factors and Ergonomics

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