Learning about radon's risk

V. Kerry Smith, William H. Desvousges, Ann Fisher, F. Reed Johnson

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This article reports the results of an evaluation of the effectiveness of different types of information materials in communicating the risk from exposure to radon, a naturally occurring indoor air pollutant. The study involved a panel of 2300 homeowners who actually experienced risks from radon, and the information program used to explain these risks. The analysis considered information transfer and performance on specific tasks requiring information on the risk from radon to measure learning. The results suggest a systematic learning process, but indicate that the process can be influenced by how risk information is presented.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)233-258
Number of pages26
JournalJournal of Risk and Uncertainty
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jun 1 1988


  • information processing
  • learning
  • radon risk perception

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Accounting
  • Finance
  • Economics and Econometrics


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