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PROCEEDINGS of the HUMAN FACTORS SOCIETY 35th ANNUAL MEETING-1991 ADEQUACY OF RESPONSES TO WARNING TERMS

By S. David Leonard, Elisabeth Creel and Edward W. Karnes

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Previous research has indicated that many persons have difficulty in describing the seriousness of hazards that are associated with some terms frequently used in warnings. Alternative explanations for this failure could be lack of understanding or simply inability to express their knowl-edge. Two studies were conducted in an effort to get more definitive information about what the general public knows about these terms. The obtained evidence suggested that many terms commonly used alone in warn-ings are not adequate to inform users of the extent of the hazards associ-ated with those warnings. These results are discussed in terms of the need for completeness in warnings. warnings can be very effective. One need only observe the behavior of motorists at a stop sign to realize that fact. The simpler the warning, the more quickly one can grasp it. There i

Year: 2016
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