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Travel and residual emotional well-being

Journal article
Authors Margareta Friman
Lars E. Olsson
Michael Ståhl
Tommy Gärling
Published in Transportation Research Part F: Traffic Psychology and Behaviour
Volume 49
Pages 159-176
ISSN 1369-8478
Publication year 2017
Published at Department of Psychology
Centre for Finance
Department of Economics
Pages 159-176
Language en
Links https://doi.org/10.1016/j.trf.2017....
Keywords Work commute, emotional well-being, critical incident, satisfaction
Subject categories Psychology, Other Engineering and Technologies


This study addresses the question of how work commutes change positive versus negative and active versus passive mood experienced after the commutes. Analyses are presented for 230 time-sampled morning commutes to work, made by 146 randomly sampled people in three different Swedish cities, asking them to use smartphones to report mood before, directly after, and later in the work place after the commute. The results show that self-reported positive emotional responses evoked by critical incidents are related to mood changes directly after the commute but not later in the day. It is also shown that satisfaction with the commute, measured retrospectively, is related to travel mode, travel time, as well as both positive and negative emotional responses to critical incidents.

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