Are drivers of more expensive cars really the jerks we make them out to be? In Episode 73, Courtney Coughenour and Jennifer Pharr from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas discuss their research into what differentiates drivers who are likely to yield for pedestrians in crosswalks from those who don’t. Their open access article, Estimated car cost as a predictor of driver yielding behaviors for pedestrians,“ was published along with multiple co-authors on February 18, 2020 in the Journal of Transport & Health.



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Ryan Watkins & Doug Leigh

How to Cite

Watkins, R., Leigh, D., Coughenour, C., & Pharr, J.. (2020). Parsing Science – Anything but Pedestrian. figshare.


What’s The Angle? by Shane Ivers


Courtney Coughenour: They make it across the road nine times out of ten. But in the event that they don’t it’s likely to be catastrophic.

Ryan Watkins: This is Parsing Science: the unpublished stories behind the world’s most compelling science, as told by the researcher themselves. I’m Ryan Watkins.

Doug Leigh: And I’m Doug Leigh. Today, in episode 73 of Parsing Science, we’ll talk with Courtney Coughenour and Jennifer Pharr from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, about their research which found that each additional $1000 in a car’s value, the odds that their owners will yield to pedestrians is reduced by 3%. Here are Courtney Coughenour and Jenny Pharr.

Coughenour: Hello, I’m Courtney Coughenour I’m an assistant professor at the UNLV School of Public Health. I grew up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and I completed my undergraduate degree at Penn State University. I then moved to Las Vegas, Nevada to get my masters and PhD at UNLV and I never left.

Jennifer Pharr: So hi, I’m Jenny Pharr. I’m an associate professor in the Public Health at the University of Las Vegas, Nevada, I grew up in Houston, Texas and received. My bachelor’s degree in nutrition from Stephen F. Austin State University have a master’s in kinesiology with the emphasis in exercise physiology from Texas A&M University. And I came to UNLV to get my PhD and public health and have been here ever since.

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