Coronavirus

With the spread of the novel coronavirus and its attendant COVID-19 outbreak, social and behavioral science is being deployed to assuage fears, understand risk, improve public health and implement social distancing strategies. These articles and resources seek to assist in that educational effort.

King Canute and the Cult of Zero Infection

The humility of King Canute in the face of nature is worth recalling as a check on the enthusiasm for zero-infection. It is a fine-sounding slogan but do we really want to live in a society where everything else is sacrificed to this goal?

3 months ago
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Signs in English, Swedish and Arabic

Pandemic Management – The Path Not Taken

New data from the WHO show that during the pandemic’s first two years, Sweden had half the excess death rate of the UK, Germany or Spain – and a quarter of the excess death rate of many countries in Eastern Europe.

5 months ago
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Evidence Stickers Roll

As the Science Shifts So Should Rational Behavior

Everyone – from ordinary citizens to journalists reporting on big issues and researchers trying to communicate their findings – should accept that science changes, and behave accordingly

10 months ago
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Philosopher, likely Galileo, looking a celestial gadget

COVID-19, Masks and Magical Thinking

The state of the face mask debate is rather as if Galileo had published his account of the heliocentric universe and then included a paragraph at the end telling the reader to ignore all the evidence because the Church had declared that everything revolved around the Earth.

12 months ago
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