Using social and behavioural science to support COVID-19 pandemic response
journal contributionposted on 2021-04-10, 17:35 authored by Jay Joseph Van Bavel, Katherine Baicker, Paulo Boggio, Valerio Capraro, Aleksandra Cichocka, Molly Crockett, Mina Cikara, Alia Crum, Karen Douglas, James Druckman, John Drury, Oeindrila Dube, Naomi Ellemers, Eli J Finkel, James Fowler, MIchele Gelfand, Shihui Han, S Alex Haslam, Jolanda Jetten, Shinobu Kitayama, dean mobbs, Lucy E Napper, Dominic Packer, Gordon Pennycook, Ellen Peters, Richard Petty, David Gertler Rand, Steve Reicher, Simone Schnall, Azim Shariff, Sandra Sandra Smith, Linda Skitka, Cass R Sunstein, Nassim Tabri, Joshua A Tucker, Sander van der Linden, Paul van Lange, Kim Weeden, Michael Jeremy Adam Wohl, jamil zaki, Sean Zion, Robb Willer
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 behaviour with the recommendations of epidemiologists and public health experts. Here we discuss evidence 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 highlight important gaps researchers should move quickly to fill in the coming weeks and months.