Psychological Contributions to the Development of Car Use Reduction Interventions

  • Sebastian Bamberg


In the last decades research on the determinants of travel behaviour has been guided by the assumption that this behaviour is the result of reasoned and conscious intention. However, research on its habitual nature provides strong evidence that travel behaviour is also influenced by automatic impulsive processes activated by situational cues outside conscious awareness. This dual-system perspective has important implications for the development of interventions aiming to promote car-use reduction. Such interventions are probably most effective if they simultaneously attempt to change the contents of the reflective system, block the automatic activation of car-use habits, and create situational and dispositional circumstances that are conducive for effective self-regulation of behaviour change. Based on this insight prototypical intervention types are presented targeting changes in the content of the reflective system and blocking the automatic activation of car-use habits.


Behavioural Intention Travel Behaviour Implementation Intention Perceive Behavioural Control Implicit Attitude 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PsychologyUniversity of Applied Science BielefeldBielefeldGermany

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