Sunday, August 9, 2009


There are a number of ways people can be persuaded to adopt a behavior. As learned in class, the persuasiveness of a message depends on the message characteristics. A person's response depends on whether they are effected by these characteristics which can include a fear-inducing message; a message that presents one or both sides of an argument; a message with a lot of detail, or simple argument; a serious or humorous message.

When people are exposed to a message, they do one of two things: they make a snap decision because they barely think about the message, or they make a decision after thinking about the message a lot.

The Coalition for Cellphone-Free Driving is based in Alberta, Canada. The coalition was formed in 2005 by a group of graduate students at the University of Alberta. The coalition, a group of organizations and companies, is commited to reducing cellphone use while driving. The group is led by Dr. Louis Hugo Francescutti. The coalition has created a website that addresses the problem, using a cellphone while driving. They effectively pair their resesearch, studies and firshand accounts with video to illustrate the hazards of using the cellphone while driving. They do a good job of using persuasion messages: fear; preripheral route processing; central route processing to help the driver reach the conclusion: CELLPHONES AND DRIVING ARE A DEADLY MIX. (Please click on website Resources: Fatal Distraction to view videos.)

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