Research has shown that 70% or more of Americans feel overwhelmed by the number of cancer recommendations. One of my primary research lines investigates why people feel this way, whether such perceptions matter, and how we can improve cancer communication to counter this disturbing situation. For instance, I have developed a measure of cancer information overload to better understand public perception. I have also studied whether including limitations in news coverage of cancer research reduces overload (it appears to).
Finally, as a means of public outreach, I have started developing infographics that help the public to understand cancer information overload, and how it compares to actual research recommendations/progress.
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Here are links to all of the infographics HCAT lab has created: