Driving With Music: Cognitive-Behavioural Implications: 1st Edition (Paperback) book cover

Driving With Music: Cognitive-Behavioural Implications

1st Edition

By Warren Brodsky

CRC Press

Purchasing Options:$ = USD
Paperback: 9781138748880
pub: 2017-07-27
Hardback: 9781472411464
pub: 2015-03-28
eBook (VitalSource) : 9781315578170
pub: 2017-03-02
from $32.48

FREE Standard Shipping!


This book, the first full-length text on the subject, explores the everyday use of music listening while driving a car. It presents the relationship between cars and music in an effort to understand how music behaviour in the car can either enhance driver safety or place the driver at increased risk of accidents. A great deal of work has been done to investigate and reduce driver distraction and inattention, but this book is the first to focus on in-cabin aural backgrounds of music as a contributing factor to human error and traffic violations. Driving With Music begins by outlining the automobile, its relationship to society, and the juxtaposition of music with the automobile as a complete package. It then highlights concepts from the fields of music perception and cognition, and, within this framework, looks at the functional use of background music in our everyday lives. Driver music behaviours - both adaptive and maladaptive - are explored, with the focus on contradictions and ill-effects of in-car music listening.


"…a noteworthy step forward for research into a rich area for transport psychology and ergonomics. For audiophiles interested in transport research, I would recommend picking up this work as a thought-provoking collection of studies."

Ergonomics, May 2016

"With this book, Brodsky takes us through all aspects of driving while listening to music, in a very informative and interesting manner.By reading this book you will get a nuanced, detailed, informative picture of driving with music, both the positive and the negative sides of it, plus potential ways to bypass the negative effects of driving with music, and enhance the positive effects."

Transport Reviews, August 2015

Table of Contents

Automobility: Car Culture and Popular Music. Background Music in Everyday Life: The Listener and Effects of Music on Listeners. In-Car Audio Culture: The Benefits of Driving with Music. Contraindications to In-Care Music Listening. Ill-Effects of In-Care Music Listening. Implications, Countermeasures, and Applications: Music Alternative for Increased Driver Safety. Postscript. Appendix A: Road Movies. Appendix B: Car Movies. Appendix C: Car Games for Video and PC. Appendix D: The Ultimate List of Car Songs. Appendix E: 100 Greatest Car Songs. Appendix F: Driving Tracks. References. Index

About the Author

Professor Warren Brodsky is Director of Music Psychology in the Department of the Arts at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (Beer-Sheva, Israel). After a short-lived career as a music performer, he completed an artist-degree (BMus) in orchestral Percussion, and majored in early childhood musical development leading to a Diploma and Certificate of Teaching (K-6) from the Rubin Academy of Music (Jerusalem, 1982). Warren trained as a music therapist at Hahnemann Medical University (Philadelphia, USA, 1984); during his 10 year clinical career he was registered (RMT), certified (CMT), and board-certified (MT-BC) in the USA, registered (RMTh) in the UK, and licensed as a Creative and Expressive Therapist in Israel. Warren completed his PhD in Psychology at Keele University (Staffordshire, UK, 1995) under the eminent music psychologist John A. Sloboda. At Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Dr Brodsky served two 2-year Post-Doctorial Fellowships (1996-2000). Among his research initiatives and projects are: Handclapping Songs As A Spontaneous Platform For Cognitive Development; Mental Representations Of Musical Notation; Positive Aging Among Symphony Orchestra Musicians; Functional Application Of Music In Automobile Branding; and The Effects Of Music On Driver Behavior And Vehicular Control.

About the Series

Human Factors in Road and Rail Transport

Human Factors in Road and Rail Transport
Today's society confronts major land transport problems. Human and financial costs of road vehicle crashes and rail incidents are increasing, with road vehicle crashes predicted to become the third largest cause of death and injury globally by 2020. Several social trends pose threats to safety, including increasing vehicle ownership and traffic congestion, advancing technological complexity at the human-vehicle interface, population ageing in the developed world, and ever greater numbers of younger vehicle drivers in the developing world. Ashgate's Human Factors in Road and Rail Transport series makes a timely contribution to these issues by focusing on human and organisational aspects of road and rail safety. The series responds to increasing demands for safe, efficient, economical and environmentally-friendly land-based transport. It does this by reporting on state-of-the-art science that may be applied to reduce vehicle collisions and improve vehicle usability as well as enhancing driver wellbeing and satisfaction. It achieves this by disseminating new theoretical and empirical research generated by specialists in the behavioural and allied disciplines, including traffic and transportation psychology, human factors and ergonomics. The series addresses such topics as driver behaviour and training, in-vehicle technology, driver health and driver assessment. Specially commissioned works from internationally recognised experts provide authoritative accounts of leading approaches to real-world problems in this important field.

Learn more…

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
COMPUTERS / Social Aspects / Human-Computer Interaction
PSYCHOLOGY / Cognitive Psychology
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Industrial Health & Safety