Exploration of the Effect of Positive Reinforcement on Teen Driving Behavior

Principal InvestigatorYi-Ching LeePhD, The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia


Below is an executive summary of this project. Please note that this summary describes results and interpretation that may not be final. Final interpretation of results will be in the peer-reviewed literature.

New technologies such as in-vehicle monitoring systems offer the potential to improve safety by generating alerts and positive feedback when certain driving practices are detected. With the combination of positive feedback and motivational incentives, behaviors from risk-taking-prone teen and young drivers may be changed to be more positive and less risky. The long-term goal is to understand the effect of positive reinforcement on the shaping of teen and youth driving behaviors by gathering teen and young drivers’ perspectives on positive reinforcement through reviews of technologies, collection of qualitative and quantitative data, and discussion with experts and IAB members.

This project is currently ongoing. Findings will be published here when the project is complete.



About This Center

This Center is made possible through a grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) which unites CHOP, University of Pennsylvania, and The Ohio State University researchers with R&D leaders in the automotive and insurance industries to translate research findings into tangible innovations in safety technology and public education programs.

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