Warnings and Risk Communication

Warnings and Risk Communication

Warnings and Risk Communication

Warnings and Risk Communication

Synopsis

Questions regarding how best to communicate warnings and risk information, whether such communications are likely to be effective, and what factors influence the communication process are important across many of society's facets today. Stimulated by the tremendous growth in litigation on product liability and associated personal injury, research into warning and risk communication has developed rapidly over the last few years. This book addresses the major issues in theory, research and applications of warnings and risk communication, bringing together the leading international authorities in the field.

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Michael S. Wogalter, Ph.D.

Michael S. Wogalter is an associate professor in the Department of Psychology at North Carolina State University (Raleigh). He received a B.A. from the University of Virginia, an M.A. from the University of South Florida, and a Ph.D. from Rice University. He has held faculty appointments at the University of Richmond and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Most of his research focuses on the factors that influence the effectiveness of warnings and people's hazard and risk perceptions. He also has interests in human-technology interaction and information displays. He is a Fellow of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society and has been HFES Secretary-Treasurer and a member of the Executive Council. He has also held the offices of Chair and Technical Program Chair of the HFES Safety Technical and Forensic Professional Groups, and the General Sessions Chair and Special Sessions Chair of the Technical Program Committee. He is a member of a number of other professional associations including the American Psychological Association, American Psychological Society, Psychonomic Society, and Sigma Xi. He is on the editorial boards of Human Factors, Ergonomics, Occupational Ergonomics, Psychology & Marketing, and Theoretical Issues in Ergonomic Science.

David M. DeJoy, Ph.D.

David M. DeJoy is a professor in the Department of Health Promotion and Behavior and Faculty Administrator for Research in the College of Education at the University of Georgia. He received his B.A. and M.A. from the State University of New York College at Geneseo and his Ph.D. from the Pennsylvania State University. Most of this research focuses on the behavioral aspects of injury prevention and control, especially risk perception/communication and the analysis of self-protective behavior. He has published over 50 articles and has served as Chair and Technical Program Chair of the Safety Technical Group of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society. He is on the editorial boards of Safety Science and the Journal of Safety Research. He also is a member of the American Psychological Association and the American Public Health Association.

Kenneth R. Laughery, Ph.D.

Kenneth R. Laughery is the Herbert S. Autrey Professor of Psychology at Rice University. He has a B.S. in metallurgical engineering and an M.S. and Ph.D. in psychology, all

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