A team of fourteen researchers from Harvard, Princeton, MIT, Oxford and Cambridge has developed a short questionnaire in order to study the behavior of individuals in the face of containment measures widespread around the world.
“We want to understand how people behave and how their perceptions of exceptional social norms evolve,” said Friedrich Götz, a doctoral student in psychology at the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom. Launched Friday evening on a dedicated site, this questionnaire, accessible in 36 languages, aims to collect enough data to then allow, explains the researcher, to inform public decision-makers in their choice of the most effective policies. The team is transdisciplinary, bringing together scientists from the social sciences, behavioral studies, economics or public policy.
Evolution of behavior over time
“We want to measure the reactions encountered by the various public policies and national strategies – of distancing or more strict confinement, for example – among the populations studied. To what extent are they accepted? rejected? Does this relationship change over time? We postulate that yes, ”analyzes the researcher.
While more than a billion people are called to confine themselves around the world, as the calls to stay at home multiply, the French public authorities note that the containment measures receive a mixed reception. The second week of containment promises to be more severe than the first, after President Emmanuel Macron castigated the “spirit of enjoyment” of the French, Monday evening, and that the government and the caregiver community estimated since, on several occasions, that the French did not play the game.
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Since Tuesday March 17, parks, gardens and beaches have been closing across the country; each trip must be justified by a sworn statement; teleworking has become widespread except for professions considered essential for the economy. The Parliament adopted urgently a law creating a “state of health emergency”, and postponed the second part of the municipal elections, initially scheduled for March 22. Exit fees could be tightened, and the initial containment period, planned by two weeks by the government, will be extended in the week, said the Ministry of Health.
Do Europeans all react in the same way, according to cultures, the relations of each people to its State and its institutions? “Culture is a very difficult object to measure,” said Friedrich Götz of the University of Cambridge. “Our raw results would not be eloquent on this subject, especially since the differences in behavior can be observed within regions of the same country, or districts of the same city.” The team intends to collect a maximum of data in several days and publish a first section of analyzes in the week. These results will be made available to the public to allow the scientific community and public actors to take possession of them. Challenges will not fail to report on these results.