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Benjamin Barton

Professor and Department Chair


Student Health Center 211



Mailing Address

Department of Psychology & Communication Studies
University of Idaho MS 3043
Moscow, Idaho 83844-3043

Benjamin Barton teaches courses in human development, human factors, and research methods. His research focuses on etiology and prevention of unintentional injuries.

  • Ph.D, Lifespan Developmental Psychology, University of Alabama at Birmingham, 2005

Benjamin Barton's research applies developmental and human factors principles to the study of unintentional injury. Primarily, Dr. Barton studies the roles of visual and auditory information in relation to transportation safety and injury prevention. His laboratory includes a state-of-the-art virtual reality system with motion and eye tracking capability.

  • Human Development
  • Injury etiology

  • Barton, B. K., Shen, J., Stavrinos, D., & Davis, S. J. (2017). Developmental Aspects of Unintentional Injury Prevention among Youth: Implications for practice. American Journal of Lifestyle Medicine,
  • Davis, S. J. & Barton, B. K. (2017).  Effects of secondary tasks on auditory detection and crossing thresholds in relation to approaching vehicle noises.  Accident Analysis & Prevention, 98, 287-294.
  • Barton, B. K., Heath, G. E., & Lew, R. (2016).  Detection and direction determination of approaching vehicle noises among older adults.  The International Journal of Aging and Human Development, 82, 229-250.
  • Barton, B. K., Kologi, S. M., & Siron, A. (2016).  Distracted pedestrians in crosswalks: An application of the Theory of Planned Behavior.  Transportation Research Part F: Traffic Psychology and Behaviour, 37, 129-137.
  • Barton, B. K., & Kologi, S. (2014).  Why do you keep them there? A qualitative assessment of firearms storage practices.  Journal of Pediatric Nursing, 30,285-293.
  • Ulrich, T., & Barton, B. K. (2014).  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. (2014).  Systematic review of behavioral interventions to improve child pedestrian safety: A meta-analysis.  Journal of Pediatric Psychology, 39, 826-845.
  • 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,
  • 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.

  • Palouse Injury Research Laboratory

Traffic safety efforts at the local and state levels

Psychology & Communication Studies

Physical Address:
206 Student Health Center

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

Phone: 208-885-6324

Fax: 208-885-7710


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