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Boyle, G. J. (1984). Effects of viewing a road trauma film on emotional and motivational factors. Accident Analysis and Prevention, 16, 383‑386.

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The Eight State Questionnaire (8SQ), and the Motivation Analysis Test (MAT) were administered to 58 college students before and after viewing a five-minute film segment, portraying graphic documentary scenes of automobile accident victims and part of a pathologist's autopsy of a road victim. Presentation of this high-threat stimulus induced an intense elevation in several emotional and motivational states. Most changes implied a generalised psychological disorientation and concomitant diminution in motor skills. In accord with previous evidence, the present findings suggested that fear appeals are probably ineffective in augmenting safer driving behaviours.

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