MRI scans visualize security warning fatigue

 - alarm management, nuisance alarm, patient safety

The many security prompts seen on your home computer have likely become little more than speed bumps to be quickly dismissed as you go about your day. Despite some scary sounding language, repeated exposure can cause the brain to essentially stop caring, and a new study is imaging that process.

A paper scheduled for presentation at the Association for Computing Machinery's CHI 2015 conference used MRI to show a drop in visual processing of multiple security alert messages, even when exposure is repeated just once. For more on the research and what it might take to make user pay more attention to the really important security prompts, check out the article from Ars Technica at the link below: