Using social and behavioural science to support COVID-19 pandemic response

Bavel, Jay J. Van ORCID logoORCID:, Baicker, Katherine ORCID logoORCID:, Boggio, Paulo S. ORCID logoORCID:, Capraro, Valerio ORCID logoORCID:, Cichocka, Aleksandra ORCID logoORCID:, Cikara, Mina ORCID logoORCID:, Crockett, Molly J. ORCID logoORCID:, Crum, Alia J., Douglas, Karen M. ORCID logoORCID:, Druckman, James N., Drury, John ORCID logoORCID:, Dube, Oeindrila, Ellemers, Naomi, Finkel, Eli J., Fowler, James H. ORCID logoORCID:, Gelfand, Michele ORCID logoORCID:, Han, Shihui ORCID logoORCID:, Haslam, S. Alexander ORCID logoORCID:, Jetten, Jolanda ORCID logoORCID:, Kitayama, Shinobu ORCID logoORCID:, Mobbs, Dean ORCID logoORCID:, Napper, Lucy E., Packer, Dominic J. ORCID logoORCID:, Pennycook, Gordon ORCID logoORCID:, Peters, Ellen ORCID logoORCID:, Petty, Richard E. ORCID logoORCID:, Rand, David G. ORCID logoORCID:, Reicher, Stephen D., Schnall, Simone ORCID logoORCID:, Shariff, Azim, Skitka, Linda J., Smith, Sandra Susan, Sunstein, Cass R. ORCID logoORCID:, Tabri, Nassim ORCID logoORCID:, Tucker, Joshua A. ORCID logoORCID:, van der Linden, Sander ORCID logoORCID:, van Lange, Paul, Weeden, Kim A. ORCID logoORCID:, Wohl, Michael J. A. ORCID logoORCID:, Zaki, Jamil, Zion, Sean R. ORCID logoORCID: and Willer, Robb ORCID logoORCID: (2020) Using social and behavioural science to support COVID-19 pandemic response. Nature Human Behaviour, 4 (5) . pp. 460-471. ISSN 2397-3374 [Article] (doi:10.1038/s41562-020-0884-z)

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The COVID-19 pandemic represents a massive global health crisis. Because the crisis requires large-scale behaviour change and places significant psychological burdens on individuals, insights from the social and behavioural sciences can be used to help align human behavior with the recommendations of epidemiologists and public health experts. Here we review experimental and correlational data from a selection of research topics relevant to pandemics, including work on navigating threats, social and cultural influences on behaviour, science communication, moral decision-making, leadership, and stress and coping. In each section, we note the nature and quality of prior research, including uncertainty and unsettled issues. We identify several insights for effective response to the COVID-19 pandemic, and also highlight important gaps researchers should move quickly to fill in the coming weeks and months.

Item Type: Article
Keywords (uncontrolled): Human behaviour, Immunology, Sociology
Research Areas: A. > Business School > Economics
Item ID: 29646
Notes on copyright: This is a post-peer-review, pre-copyedit version of an article published in Nature Human Behaviour. The final authenticated version is available online at:
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Depositing User: Valerio Capraro
Date Deposited: 09 Apr 2020 14:08
Last Modified: 29 Nov 2022 18:26

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