Journal of Undergraduate Research


habituation, electronic security warnings, brain response


Family, Home, and Social Sciences




Habituation is the phenomenon that exhibits itself after repeated exposure to a stimulus; the brain response to it is decreased. This is seen in many different mediums, like tastes, touch, sound, etc., and thus could be observed in experiencing electronic security warnings as well. The brain needs constant vigilance when seeing warnings because large amount of personal information are saved on computers and other forms of technology. Ignoring a warning after it has appeared once or twice could result in a huge breach of information. Thus, it is important to study patterns of habituation of security warnings. There have been other studies that studied habituation, but they did not do so looking directly at neural changes to stimuli over time. The hypotheses being studied in this experiment are that the brain response will decrease over each experimental session to the same warnings (static warnings) as well as over the course of five days. However, there will be a smaller decrease in response to warnings that change between viewings (polymorphic warnings) in the sessions and between them.

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