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Vanessa Beanland
Email vanessa.beanland@otago.ac.nz
Tel +64 3 479 4150

Dr Vanessa Beanland's broad research areas are applied cognitive psychology and human factors. She uses a combination of research approaches, including laboratory experiments, driving simulator and on-road studies, field observations, incident analyses, surveys interviews and focus groups.

Much of her research focuses on how people detect, process and use information in real-world contexts, with a particular emphasis on transport safety. This includes topics such as how drivers detect potential hazards, or how pedestrians decide whether it is safe to cross an intersection or railway crossing. Her research uses diverse methods, from highly-controlled lab experiments to driving simulators, to field studies and on-road research using instrumented vehicles.

Vanessa currently serves as Director of the Otago Transport Research Network (a University Research Theme) and Chair of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society of New Zealand. She served as an Associate Editor for the journal Safety Science from 2017 to 2021.

Vanessa completed a PhD in experimental cognitive psychology at The Australian National University in 2011, and from 2015–2018 she held an Australian Research Council Discovery Early Career Research Award, examining visual attention in the context of driving. She previously worked at Monash University Accident Research Centre and the University of the Sunshine Coast Centre for Human Factors and Sociotechnical Systems before moving to the University of Otago in June 2018.

Teaching

Research interests

  • Driver distraction, inattention and fatigue
  • Driver training and driver licensing policy
  • Safety of vulnerable road users (e.g. motorcyclists, cyclists, pedestrians) and horse riders
  • Usability of human-machine interfaces
  • Visual attention and visual search for information in real-world contexts (e.g. driving)
  • Inattentional blindness and Change blindness

Publications

Ousset, C., Schaughency, E., Galland, B., & Beanland, V. (2023). Exploring the role of mediators between sleep and risky/inattentive driving in NZ teens. Proceedings of the New Zealand Branch of the Australasian Sleep Association (ASA) Sleep in Aotearoa Annual Scientific Meeting. A3. Retrieved from https://sleep.org.au
Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract
Beanland, V. (2022). Behavioural adaptation or constraint? The effect of curve proximity on driving behaviour. Transportation Research Part F, 86, 384-391. doi: 10.1016/j.trf.2022.03.008
Journal - Research Article
Kuran, C. H. A., Newnam, S., & Beanland, V. (2022). Adaptive non-conform behaviour in accident investigations in the road based heavy goods transport sector. Safety Science, 146, 105539. doi: 10.1016/j.ssci.2021.105539
Journal - Research Article
Beanland, V., & Cotton, T. (2021, November). Factors influencing route choices of Dunedin cyclists: Use of separated and non-separated bicycle lanes. Verbal presentation at the 3rd Transport Research Network (TRN) Symposium, Dunedin, New Zealand.
Conference Contribution - Verbal presentation and other Conference outputs
Beanland, V., & Huemmer, I. (2021). The effectiveness of advanced driver training [Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency research report 677]. Commissioned by Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency. Wellington, New Zealand: Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency. 69p. Retrieved from https://www.nzta.govt.nz
Commissioned Report for External Body
Berber, E., Beanland, V., Clacy, A., & Read, G. J. M. (2020). Performance pathways in the sport of dressage: A systems ergonomics approach. In P. M. Salmon, S. McLean, C. Dallat, N. Mansfield, C. Solomon & A. Hulme (Eds.), Human factors and ergonomics in sport: Applications and future directions. Boca Raton, FL: CRC Press. doi: 10.1201/9781351060073
Chapter in Book - Research
Beanland, V., Lenné, M. G., & Rößger, L. (2015). Psychological factors in seeing motorcylces. In L. Rößger, M. G. Lenné & G. Underwood (Eds.), Increasing motorcycle conspicuity: Design and assessment of interventions to enhance rider safety. (pp. 21-50). Abingdon, UK: Ashgate.
Chapter in Book - Research
Beanland, V., Lenné, M. G., & Underwood, G. (2015). Can drivers’ expectations and behaviour around motorcycles be influenced by exposure? In L. Rößger, M. G. Lenné & G. Underwood (Eds.), Increasing motorcycle conspicuity: Design and assessment of interventions to enhance rider safety. (pp. 165-182). Ashgate.
Chapter in Book - Research
Lenné, M. G., Beanland, V., Salmon, P. M., Filtness, A., & Stanton, N. A. (2013). Checking for trains: An on-road study of what drivers actually do at level crossings. In N. Dadashi, A. Scott, J. R. Wilson & A. Mills (Eds.), Rail human factors: Supporting reliability, safety and cost reduction. (pp. 53-59). Leiden, The Netherlands: CRC Press.
Chapter in Book - Research
Beanland, V. (2022). Behavioural adaptation or constraint? The effect of curve proximity on driving behaviour. Transportation Research Part F, 86, 384-391. doi: 10.1016/j.trf.2022.03.008
Journal - Research Article
Kuran, C. H. A., Newnam, S., & Beanland, V. (2022). Adaptive non-conform behaviour in accident investigations in the road based heavy goods transport sector. Safety Science, 146, 105539. doi: 10.1016/j.ssci.2021.105539
Journal - Research Article
Read, G. J. M., Beanland, V., Stanton, N. A., Grant, E., Stevens, N., Lenné, M. G., … Salmon, P. M. (2021). From interfaces to infrastructure: Extending ecological interface design to re-design rail level crossings. Cognition, Technology & Work, 23, 3-21. doi: 10.1007/s10111-019-00583-2
Journal - Research Article
Walker, G., Mendes, L. M. N., Lenne, M., Young, K., Stevens, N., Read, G., Beanland, V., … Salmon, P. (2021). Modelling driver decision-making at railway level crossings using the abstraction decomposition space. Cognition, Technology & Work, 23, 225-237. doi: 10.1007/s10111-020-00659-4
Journal - Research Article
Beanland, V., Walsh, E. I., & Pammer, K. (2020). Undergraduate students' perceptions of and engagement in research participation to fulfill an introductory psychology course requirement. Teaching of Psychology, 47(1), 74-83. doi: 10.1177/0098628319888115
Journal - Research Article
Berber, E., McLean, S., Beanland, V., Read, G. J. M., & Salmon, P. M. (2020). Defining the attributes for specific playing positions in football match-play: A complex systems approach. Journal of Sports Sciences, 38(11-12), 1248-1258. doi: 10.1080/02640414.2020.1768636
Journal - Research Article
Filtness, A. J., Beanland, V., Miller, K. A., Larue, G. S., & Hawkins, A. (2020). Sleep loss and change detection in simulated driving. Chronobiology International, 37(9-10), 1430-1440. doi: 10.1080/07420528.2020.1821043
Journal - Research Article
Shenfield, L., Beanland, V., & Apthorp, D. (2020). Temporal predictability does not impact attentional blink performance: Effects of fixed vs. random inter-trial intervals. PeerJ, 8, e8677. doi: 10.7717/peerj.8677
Journal - Research Article
Shenfield, L., Beanland, V., Filtness, A., & Apthorp, D. (2020). The impact of sleep loss on sustained and transient attention: An EEG study. PeerJ, 8, e8960. doi: 10.7717/peerj.8960
Journal - Research Article
Beanland, V., & Wynne, R. A. (2019). Effects of roadside memorials on drivers' risk perception and eye movements. Cognitive Research, 4, 32. doi: 10.1186/s41235-019-0184-1
Journal - Research Article
Gunson, H. P., Beanland, V., & Salmon, P. M. (2019). Road-related anger in motorcyclists versus car drivers. Transportation Research Part F, 62, 327-338. doi: 10.1016/j.trf.2019.01.006
Journal - Research Article
Salmon, P. M., Read, G. J. M., Beanland, V., Thompson, J., Filtness, A. J., Hulme, A., … Johnston, I. (2019). Bad behaviour or societal failure? Perceptions of the factors contributing to drivers' engagement in the fatal five driving behaviours. Applied Ergonomics, 162-171. doi: 10.1016/j.apergo.2018.08.008
Journal - Research Article
Salmon, P. M., Read, G. J. M., Stevens, N., Walker, G. H., Beanland, V., McClure, R., … Stanton, N. A. (2019). Using the abstraction hierarchy to identify how the purpose and structure of road transport systems contributes to road trauma. Transportation Research Interdisciplinary Perspectives, 3, 100067. doi: 10.1016/j.trip.2019.100067
Journal - Research Article
Wynne, R. A., Beanland, V., & Salmon, P. M. (2019). Systematic review of driving simulator validation studies. Safety Science, 117, 138-151. doi: 10.1016/j.ssci.2019.04.004
Journal - Research Article
Beanland, V., Grant, E., Read, G. J. M., Stevens, N., Thomas, M., Lenné, M. G., … Salmon, P. M. (2018). Challenging conventional rural rail level crossing design: Evaluating three new systems thinking-based designs in a driving simulator. Safety Science, 110, 100-114. doi: 10.1016/j.ssci.2018.03.002
Journal - Research Article
Beanland, V., Tan, C. H., & Christensen, B. K. (2018). The unexpected killer: Effects of stimulus threat and negative affectivity on inattentional blindness. Cognition & Emotion, 32(6), 1374-1381. doi: 10.1080/02699931.2017.1394269
Journal - Research Article
Filtness, A. J., & Beanland, V. (2018). Sleep loss and change detection in driving scenes. Transportation Research Part F, 57, 10-22. doi: 10.1016/j.trf.2017.10.003
Journal - Research Article
Pammer, K., Raineri, A., Beanland, V., Bell, J., & Borzycki, M. (2018). Expert drivers are better than non-expert drivers at rejecting unimportant information in static driving scenes. Transportation Research Part F, 59, 389-400. doi: 10.1016/j.trf.2018.09.020
Journal - Research Article
Beanland, V., & Hansen, L. J. (2017). Do cyclists make better drivers? Associations between cycling experience and change detection in road scenes. Accident Analysis & Prevention, 106, 420-427. doi: 10.1016/j.aap.2017.07.013
Journal - Research Article
Beanland, V., Filtness, A. J., & Jeans, R. (2017). Change detection in urban and rural driving scenes: Effects of target type and safety relevance on change blindness. Accident Analysis & Prevention, 100, 111-122. doi: 10.1016/j.aap.2017.01.011
Journal - Research Article
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