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Understanding the Science of Warnings

Understanding the Science of Warnings

Warnings and threats are commonly used in health campaigns and policies, with the belief that inducing fear will get people to act. However, research shows that warnings have limited impact on behavior. When we are scared, our most common response is to shut down and try to eliminate negative feelings. This process can make us feel more resilient and sometimes cause warnings to have a boomerang effect.


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Changing behavior is a common goal for many people, whether it's their own behavior or someone else's. However, using warnings and threats to scare people into changing their behavior may not be as effective as we think. Research has shown that warnings have limited impact on behavior and may even have a boomerang effect. Instead, the power of positive information can be a more effective way to influence behavior.

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