Contact & Location


Psychology & Communications Studies

Physical Address:
Student Health Center 206
PHONE: (208) 885-6324
FAX:(208) 885-7710
E-MAIL: seanm@uidaho.edu


Mailing Address:
Psychology & Communications Studies
c/o University of Idaho
875 Perimeter Drive MS 3043
Moscow, ID 83844-3043

Ben Barton

Benjamin K. Barton, Ph.D.

Office: Student Health Center 220
Phone: 208-885-6515
Email: barton@uidaho.edu
Mailing Address: University of Idaho - Department of Psychology & Communication Studies
875 Perimeter Dr. MS 3043
Moscow, Idaho 83844-3043

College of Letters, Arts & Social Sciences
Department of Psychology & Communication Studies
Associate Professor

Campus Locations: Moscow
With UI Since 2008

  • Research/Focus Areas
    • Cognitive Development
    • Injury Etiology
  • Biography

    Benjamin Barton's research interests include the roles of environmental and developmental factors in risk for unintentional injury. He is also interested in the processing of visual and auditory information in relation to pedestrian safety, visual search skills in children and adults, and applied research for injury prevention across the lifespan.

  • Selected Publications
    • Barton, B. K., & Kologi, S. (in press).  Why do you keep them there? A qualitative assessment of firearms storage practices.  Journal of Pediatric Nursing.
    • Ulrich*, T., & Barton, B. K. (in press).  Detection and Localization of Approaching Vehicles in the Presence of Competing Vehicle Noise. Transportation Research Part F: Traffic Psychology and Behaviour.
    • Schwebel, D. C., Barton, B. K., Shen, J., Wells, H., Bogar, A., Heath, G. & McCullough, D. (in press).  Systematic review of behavioral interventions to improve child pedestrian safety: A meta-analysis.  Journal of Pediatric Psychology.
    • Barton, B. K., Lew, R., Kovesdi, C., Cottrell, N. D., & Ulrich, T., (2013). Developmental differences in auditory detection and localization of approaching vehicles. Accident Analysis and Prevention, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.aap.2012.12.040
    • Cottrell, N. D., & Barton, B. K. (2013). The role of automation in reducing stress and negative affect while driving. Theoretical Issues in Ergonomics Science, 14, 53-68.
    • Cottrell, N. D., & Barton, B. K. (2012).  The Impact of Artificial Vehicle Sounds for Pedestrians on Driver Stress. Ergonomics, 55, 1476-1486.
    • Barton, B. K., Ulrich, T. A., Lew, R. (2012). Auditory detection and localization of approaching vehicles. Accident Analysis and Prevention, 49, 347-353.
    • Kovesdi, C., Barton, B. K., & Rice, L. (2012). Visual Efficiency-Detection Index: A New Composite Measure of Visual Search. Journal of Eye-Tracking, Visual Cognition and Emotion, 2, ISSN 1647-7677.
    • Barton, B. K., Ulrich, T., & Lyday, B. (2012). The roles of gender, age, and cognitive development in children’s pedestrian route selection. Child: Care, Health, and Development, 38, 280-286.
    • Barton, B. K., & Huston, J. (2011).  The roles of child, parent, and environmental factors in pedestrian supervision.  International Journal of Injury Control and Safety Promotion, 19, 153-162.
    • Barton, B. K., & Morrongiello, B. A. (2011).  Examining the impact of traffic environment and executive functioning on children’s pedestrian behaviors.  Developmental Psychology, 47, 181-192.
    • Barton, B. K., & Schwebel, D. C. (2007).  A contextual approach to the etiology and prevention of children’s unintentional injuries.  Health Psychology Review, 1, 173-185
    • Barton, B. K., & Schwebel, D. C. (2007).  The roles of age, gender, inhibitory control, and parental supervision in children's pedestrian safety.   Journal of Pediatric Psychology, 32, 517-526.
    • Barton, B. K., & Schwebel, D. C. (2007).  The influence of age, gender, and temperament on children’s selection of risky pedestrian routes.  Journal of Pediatric Psychology, 32, 343-353.
    • Barton, B. K., Schwebel, D. C., & Morrongiello, B. A. (2007).  Brief report: Increasing children’s safe pedestrian behaviors through simple skills training.   Journal of Pediatric Psychology, 32, 475-480. 
    • Barton, B. K. (2006).  Integrating selective attention into developmental pedestrian safety research.  Canadian Psychology, 47, 3, 203-210.
  • Research Projects
  • Outreach Projects
    • Safe Routes to School