Speeding in Edmonton spiked after opening of ‘Fast and Furious’ film, study shows.

19
July
2018

Does your foot feel a tad heavy on the gas after seeing high-speed chase movies like Fast and Furious? You may not be alone.

Recent psychology research at the University of Alberta showed a significant spike in speeding infractions in Edmonton—as high as 25 per cent—after the April 2015 release of Fast and Furious 7, a film that celebrates illegal street racing.

Deanna Singhal, a faculty service officer in the Department of Psychology, looked at automated enforcement data pulled from cameras around the city by the Office of Traffic Safety as part of her doctoral research.

She examined the four-week periods before and after the film’s release, taking into account any other factors that could affect driving, such as weather, traffic volume and typical patterns associated with a specific day of the week.

"The week after the mo...

Folio - Headlines

RSS feed - Folio - Headlines (opens in new window) View all headlines - Folio - Headlines
18
July
2018

COMMENTARY || Drought putting Edmonton's trees at risk unless watering improved

Forest ecologist offers tips for the city—and its citizens—to help take care of large urban trees.

We should all be worried about Edmonton’s trees. A large urban tree is worth thousands of dollars,
18
July
2018

First fossilized snake embryo ever discovered rewrites history of ancient snakes

Baby snake found encased in 105-million-year-old amber provides new clues to how snakes evolved.

The first-ever discovery of an ancient snake embryo, preserved in 105-million-year-old amber,
18
July
2018

COMMENTARY || Trump 'appeasement' of Russia a sad moment for democracy

By turning on his own intelligence services and siding with Vladimir Putin, the U.S. president put personal prestige ahead of the American people, says U of A historian.

This week’s Donald Trump-Vladimir Putin summit in Helsinki brought together the world’s most
17
July
2018

There’s no ‘I’ in team but there is in sales, new research shows

When it comes to customer service, ‘I’ beats the corporate ‘we’ for boosting satisfaction and buying behaviour.

The adage “there is no ‘I’ in team” is a handy refrain used to emphasize the importance of teamwork