• Siltavuorenpenger 1A

    FI-00014 Helsingin yliopisto

    Finland

Organization profile

Organisation Profile

The Traffic Resarch Unit of the University of Helsinki was founded in 1971.

With a 40-plus-years’ track record on experimental work in challenging naturalistic settings, its mission is to understand the human mind, brain and behavior "on the move". We study human behaviour across the entire life span, and at all levels of skill and learning, from novice to expert.

Research methods combine controlled laboratory and simulator experiments, naturalistic field experiments, cognitive modelling, as well as survey methodologies and qualitative methods. The group is especially strong on rigorous computational analysis and modelling methods, and publishes in high-quality international peer reviewed journals. TRU has a strict Open Source Code, Open Data & Open Access policy.

The research has applications in basic and advanced driver education, vehicle engineering, the design of autonomous vehicles, driver assessment and licensing, road and traffic design and safety efforts.

International and National Collaboration Publications and projects within past five years.

Profiles

Photo of Otto Lappi

Otto Lappi

Person: U3 Research and teaching staff, Teaching and research personnel

20042023
Photo of Jami Pekkanen

Jami Pekkanen

Person: U2 Teaching and research staff, Teaching and research personnel

20112023
Photo of Samuel Tuhkanen
20142020

Projects 2014 2023

Publications 1973 2019

Drivers with child passengers: distracted but cautious?

Maasalo, I., Lehtonen, E. & Summala, H., 2019, In : Accident Analysis and Prevention. 131, p. 25-32 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Open Access

Effect of Meditative Movement on Affect and Flow in Qigong Practitioners

Pölönen, P., Lappi, O. & Tervaniemi, M., 22 Oct 2019, In : Frontiers in Psychology. 10, 13 p., 2375.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Open Access
File

Effects of an active visuomotor steering task on covert attention

Tuhkanen, S., Pekkanen, J., Lehtonen, E. & Lappi, O., 8 Aug 2019, In : Journal of Eye Movement Research. 12, 3, p. 1-19 19 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Open Access
File

Expert evaluation of traffic signs: conventional vs. alternative designs

Ben-Bassat, T., Shinar, D., Almqvist, R., Caird, J. K., Dewar, R. E., Lehtonen, E., Salmon, P. M., Sinclair, M., Summala, H., Zakowska, L. & Liberman, G., 14 Apr 2019, In : Ergonomics. 14 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Flow Experiences During Visuomotor Skill Acquisition Reflect Deviation From a Power-Law Learning Curve, but Not Overall Level of Skill

Cowley, B. U., Palomaki, J., Tammi, T., Frantsi, R., Inkilä, V-P., Lehtonen, N., Pölönen, P., Vepsäläinen, J. & Lappi, O., 15 May 2019, In : Frontiers in Psychology. 10, 12 p., 1126.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Open Access
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Activities 1989 2020

Night of Sciences: Paradoxes of flow

Otto Lappi (Attendee)
16 Jan 2020

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesPublic Talks

Transportation Research. Part F: Traffic Psychology and Behaviour (Journal)

Otto Lappi (Reviewer)
24 Apr 2019

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesPeer review of manuscripts

Callum Mole

Otto Lappi (Host)
6 Jul 201919 Jul 2019

Activity: Hosting a visitor typesAcademic visit at UH

Tieteen päivät 2019

Otto Lappi (Speaker: Chair)
12 Jan 2019

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesPublic Talks

Press / Media

YLE Puoli Seitsemän

Otto Lappi

07/05/2019

1 Media contribution

Press/Media: Press / Media

Elisa.net Debatti: Kehittääkö älypuhelimen käyttäminen aivoja?

Otto Lappi

30/10/2015

1 Media contribution

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Interview to magazine TV-program A-Studio

Esko Lehtonen

17/08/2015

1 Media contribution

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Moottoritien jonotusmysteeri

Heikki Summala

14/02/2015

1 Media contribution

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Osaatko lukea mutkaa?

Otto Lappi

27/02/2014

1 Media contribution

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