Institute for Transport Studies (ITS)

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Dr Samantha Jamson

Principal Research Fellow

Phone: +44 (0)113 34 36606
Room: G.02
Research Group: Safety and Technology

Research Interests

Dr. Jamson is a Chartered Psychologist at the Institute for Transport Studies, University of Leeds. She is a member of the Safety and Technology Group, a multidisciplinary team undertaking research in road safety and driver behaviour. With twenty years experience in the field, she has worked on a variety of research projects using driving simulators and instrumented cars as evaluation tools. She has been principal investigator on a range of projects, including evaluations of Transport Telematics applications, road design, and driver impairment. She managed a European project developing metrics for driver      distraction and has since been involved in further national and European projects to extend this work. Samantha is a member of the British Standards group on Human Machine Interface issues and the Institution of Highways Engineers (Health and Safety) working group. She recently chaired a European Working Group on motorcycle safety, delivering high-priority research needs to the European Commission. Her research involves collaboration with national and international policymakers (Department for Transport, Highways Agency, European Commission) as well as industrial  collaboration for both research and PhD supervision.


  • Principal Research Fellow, Institute for Transport Studies (ITS), University of Leeds
  • Director of International Activities, Institute  for Transport Studies (ITS), University of Leeds (2009-12)

Professional Engagements

  • Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society
  • Member of the BSI Committee EPL/278

Professional Engagements

  • Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society
  • Member of the BSI Committee EPL/278

Current projects

  • EcoDriver ( ecoDriver targets a 20% reduction of CO2 emissions and fuel consumption in road transport by encouraging the adoption of green driving behaviour. Drivers will receive eco-driving recommendations and feedback adapted to them and to their vehicle characteristics. A range of driving profiles, powertrains (conventional, hybrid, electrical) and vehicles types (passenger cars, vans, trucks, buses) will be tested in order to optimise the driver-powertrain-environment feedback loop. The ultimate goal is to deliver the most appropriate eco-driving advice or feedback for any given situation
  • TECHNO Erasmus Mundus ( The Erasmus Mundus Action Two Partnership programme is a cooperation and mobility scheme in the area of higher education launched by Europe Aid Cooperation Office and implemented by the Executive Agency Education, Audiovisual and Culture (EACEA). The TECHNO project promotes cooperation between the EU and the Asian countries involved in the project by providing scholarships for Masters, post-doctoral and staff.
  • Sign Size Design Review of Temporary Management Signs in cooperation with Arup/URS Consultants. Funded by the Highways Agency, the design of signs used at roadworks will be revisited and improved to improve driver comprehension and road worker safety.

Current PhD students:

  • James Musgrave “An Evaluation of the Transtheoretical Model to Promote Travel Behaviour Change of Attendees at Sport Venues”
  • Yvonne Taylor “Fatigued driving in shift workers – the impact on road safety”
  • Akshay Dwarakanath “Development of a driving simulator to predict driving performance in  patients with Sleep Apnoea Hypopnoea Syndrome”
  • Sanna Pampel "How can Mental Models of Eco-Driving be Measured, Represented and Changed?"
  • Tatjana Zimasa "The interaction between driving pleasure and safety"

Please get in touch if you wish to discuss PhD topics


  • Safety of Road Transport 
  • Engineering Aspects of Road Safety




  • Teh E; Jamson S; Carsten O; Jamson H (2014) Temporal fluctuations in driving demand: The effect of traffic complexity on subjective measures of workload and driving performance, Transportation Research Part F: Traffic Psychology and Behaviour, 22, pp.207-217. doi: 10.1016/j.trf.2013.12.005
  • Dwarakanath A; Twiddy M; Ghosh D; Jamson SL; Baxter PD; Elliott MW; on behalf of the British Thoracic Society (2014) Variability in clinicians' opinions regarding fitness to drive in patients with obstructive sleep apnoea syndrome (OSAS)., Thorax, . doi: 10.1136/thoraxjnl-2014-206180
  • Hibberd DL; Jamson SL; Carsten OMJ (2013) Mitigating the effects of in-vehicle distractions through use of the Psychological Refractory Period paradigm, Accident Analysis and Prevention, 50, pp.1096-1103. doi: 10.1016/j.aap.2012.08.016
  • Jamson SL (2013) What impact does legislation have on drivers' in-vehicle use of nomadic devices?, Transportation Research Part F: Traffic Psychology and Behaviour, 16, pp.138-150. doi: 10.1016/j.trf.2012.08.014
  • Carsten O; Kircher K; Jamson S (2013) Vehicle-based studies of driving in the real world: The hard truth?, Accident Analysis and Prevention, 58, pp.162-174. doi: 10.1016/j.aap.2013.06.006
  • Ghosh D; Jamson SL; Baxter PD; Elliott MW (2012) Continuous measures of driving performance on an advanced office-based driving simulator can be used to predict simulator task failure in patients with obstructive sleep apnoea syndrome, Thorax, 67, pp.815-821. doi: 10.1136/thoraxjnl-2011-200699
  • Jamson S; Chorlton K; Carsten O (2012) Could Intelligent Speed Adaptation make overtaking unsafe?, Accident Analysis and Prevention, 48, pp.29-36. doi: 10.1016/j.aap.2010.11.011
  • Chorlton K; Conner M; Jamson S (2012) Identifying the psychological determinants of risky riding: An application of an extended Theory of Planned Behaviour, Accident Analysis and Prevention, 49, pp.142-153. doi: 10.1016/j.aap.2011.07.003
  • Smith AP; Jamson S (2012) An investigation of the effects of the common cold on simulated driving performance and detection of collisions: A laboratory study, BMJ Open, 2, . doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2012-001047
  • Chorlton K; Hess S; Jamson S; Wardman M (2012) Deal or no deal: Can incentives encourage widespread adoption of intelligent speed adaptation devices?, Accident Analysis and Prevention, 48, pp.73-82. doi: 10.1016/j.aap.2011.02.019
  • Merat N; Lai F; Jamson SL (2011) The comparative merits of expert observation, subjective and objective data in determining the effects of in-vehicle information systems on driving performance, Safety Science, 49, pp.172-177. doi: 10.1016/j.ssci.2010.07.005
  • Jamson SL; Jamson AH (2010) The validity of a low-cost simulator for the assessment of the effects of in-vehicle information systems, Safety Science, 48, pp.1477-1483. doi: 10.1016/j.ssci.2010.07.008
  • Hibberd DL; Jamson SL; Carsten OMJ (2010) Managing in-vehicle distractions - Evidence from the psychological refractory period paradigm, AutomotiveUI 2010 - 2nd International Conference on Automotive User Interfaces and Interactive Vehicular Applications, Conference Proceedings, pp.4-11. doi: 10.1145/1969773.1969775
  • Jamson S; Lai F; Jamson H (2010) Driving simulators for robust comparisons: A case study evaluating road safety engineering treatments, Accident Analysis and Prevention, 42, pp.961-971. doi: 10.1016/j.aap.2009.04.014
  • Jamson S; Chorlton K (2009) The changing nature of motorcycling: Patterns of use and rider characteristics, Transportation Research Part F: Traffic Psychology and Behaviour, 12, pp.335-346. doi: 10.1016/j.trf.2009.04.002
  • Jamson S; Wardman M; Batley R; Carsten O (2008) Developing a driving Safety Index using a Delphi stated preference experiment, Accident Analysis and Prevention, 40, pp.435-442. doi: 10.1016/j.aap.2007.07.014
  • Jamson SL; Jamson AH (2007) Safety implications of a pedestrian protection system: the driver's point of view, INT J VEHICLE DES, 45, pp.397-410.
  • Jamson S (2006) Would those who need ISA, use it? Investigating the relationship between drivers' speed choice and their use of a voluntary ISA system, TRANSPORT RES F-TRAF, 9, pp.195-206. doi: 10.1016/j.trf.2005.11.002
  • Jamson SL; Tate FN; Jamson AH (2005) Evaluating the effects of bilingual traffic signs on driver performance and safety., Ergonomics, 48, pp.1734-1748. doi: 10.1080/00140130500142191
  • Jamson SL (2004) Evaluation of techniques to improve the legibility of bilingual Variable Message Signs, Advances in Transportation Studies, B IV, pp.71-88.
  • Comte SL; Jamson AH (2000) Traditional and innovative speed-reducing measures for curves: an investigation of driver behaviour using a driving simulator, Safety Science, 36, pp.137-150.
  • Comte SL; Wardman MR; Whelan GA (2000) Drivers' acceptance of automatic speed limiters: implications for policy and implementation, Transport Policy, 7, pp.259-267.
  • Comte SL (2000) New systems: new behaviour?, Transportation Research Part F: Traffic Psychology and Behaviour, 3, pp.95-111.
  • Matthews B; Jamson S; Panchasara A (Not yet published) The influence of music tempo and genre on driver performance, .


  • Jamson SL; Rudin-Brown C (2013) Behavioural Adaptation and Road Safety: Theory, Evidence, and Action, CRC Press.

Book Chapters

  • Comte SL (1999) Speed management: targeting the road, vehicle or driver?, In: Harris D (Ed) Engineering psychology and cognitive ergonomics, 3, Ashgate, pp.321-328.


  • Jamson SL; Chorlton K; Jamson AH; Horrobin A; Carsten OMJ (2008) Results of Simulator Experiments., .
  • Carsten O; Fowkes M; Lai F; Chorlton K; Jamson S; Tate F; Simpkin R (2008) Executive summary of project results., .
  • Jamson SL; Chorlton K (2005) Differences between London motorcyclists and those from the rest of the UK, .
  • Jamson SL; Carsten OMJ; Chorlton K; Fowkes M (2005) Intelligent Speed Adaptation: Literature Review and Scoping Study, .
  • Jamson SL; Chorlton K; Conner MT (2005) The Older Motorcyclist: Final Report, .
  • Jamson SL (2004) The Prevalence and antecedents of risky motorcycling behaviour, .
  • Carsten OMJ; Comte SL; Tate FN (2000) Traffic calming with new technology: accident savings and driver behaviour., .
  • Carsten OMJ; Fowkes M; Lai F; Chorlton K; Jamson S; Tate FN; Simpkin R (Not yet published) Intelligent speed adaptation: Final report, .


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