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How Social Science Advances Our Understanding of Pandemics
Scientific research, innovation, and evidence have contributed to COVID-19 mitigation and response. As parts of the globe emerge from a second year of life under pandemic, to what extent have social and behavioral science insights illuminated our understanding of the alignment between human behavior and the recommendations of epidemiologists and public health experts? What gaps remain in our data and knowledge?

Pandemics have no respect for borders. Yet borders – both at national and sub-national levels – play an undeniable role in determining population vulnerability and resilience in the face of infectious disease. In the U.S., almost all aspects of the COVID pandemic have been polarized. Why? How can cross-national and historical analyses inform our perspective of how citizens learn from and engage with scientists, experts, and each other? What do we know, and what remains unsettled, regarding social and cultural influences on science communication, decision making under uncertainty, leadership, governance, the psychological burdens of stress and anxiety, the friction between individual and collective interests, and behavior more generally? Join Peter Loewen, Adrian Raftery, Prerna Singh, and Robb Willer in conversation with Alexis Madrigal as they consider such questions and appraise the state of the art in social and behavioral science research, essential if we intend to prepare for and respond to future pandemics more effectively.

Alexis Madrigal, The Atlantic

Peter Loewen, Univ. of Toronto
Adrian Raftery, Univ. of Washington
Prerna Singh, Brown Univ.
Robb Willer, Stanford Univ.

This event is presented by CASBS in partnership with CIFAR, the Pandemic Action Network, the Public Policy Forum, Stanford PACS, and SAGE Publishing.

View participant bios & photos: https://bit.ly/3isL7pF

This is episode 16 in CASBS's webcast series Social Science for a World in Crisis. Explore here: https://casbs.stanford.edu/social-science-world-crisis

Jun 23, 2021 01:00 PM in Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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