Why do some people embrace masks and practice meticulous social distancing while others rebel against public health mandates? Psychologists are studying what drives behavior in the pandemic, and they're also looking at how information overload can influence how people react to the crisis. In this hour, psychologists Ellen Peters and Jay Van Bavel join us to lay out how social and behavioral science can help explain how people respond to the COVID-19 pandemic and how that information can help guide public policy messaging around containment.
How the Psychology of Pandemic Behavior Can Help Guide Containment Strategies
Ellen Peters, psychologist, director, Center for Science Communication Research, University of Oregon; author, "Innumeracy in the Wild: Misunderstanding and Misusing Numbers"
Jay Van Bavel, associate professor of psychology, New York University