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Improving lay understanding on high voltage power lines: Predictors of the perception of risks and exposure

Osterheider, Angela; Leidecker-Sandmann, Melanie ORCID iD icon; Kohler, Sarah

Abstract (englisch):

Does the presentation format matter? Effects on lay understanding of electromagnetic fields originating from high-voltage power lines

Every citizen is exposed to low frequency electric and magnetic fields in everyday life which emanate e. g. from vacuum cleaners, smartphones and high-voltage power lines (HVPL). Low frequency fields are not visible to the human eye. In order to be able to assess the strength of these fields and thus the level of exposure, citizens as laypersons are dependent on experts’ display of measurement results. Yet, there is apparently no consensus in research on the question of how respectively in what presentation format field strength of electromagnetic fields (EMF) can ‘best’ be communicated to laypeople (Nielsen et al., 2010; Timmermans et al., 2008; Slovic et al., 2005; Ancker et al., 2006), although there are first hints that different presentation formats might affect the perception and understanding of the information (Claasen et al., 2017; Morgan et al., 1985; Wiedemann et al., 2018). In particular, there is a lack of experimental study designs that analyze actual cause-effect relationships. This is where our study starts.
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Zugehörige Institution(en) am KIT Institut für Technikzukünfte (ITZ)
Publikationstyp Vortrag
Publikationsdatum 09.09.2021
Sprache Englisch
Identifikator KITopen-ID: 1000137364
Veranstaltung 8th ECREA European Communication Conference "Communication and trust: building safe, sustainable and promising futures" (ECREA 2021), Online, 06.09.2021 – 09.09.2021
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