I-LABS Research Identifies Cooperative Health Indicators

In order to slow the spread of COVID, health officials need people to adhere to health guidelines. But which people are most likely to follow these guidelines? New I-LABS research may suggest some answers. Working in collaboration with colleagues from the Allen School of Computer Science and Engineering, Rodolfo Cortes Barragan and Andrew Meltzoff created an innovative online study that reached more than 2,500 people in more than 80 countries. Their research, published in PLoS One, indicates that people who identify with all humanity are more likely to engage in healthful behaviors. This knowledge may help scientists and policymakers to better understand and promote cooperative health behavior for others during the current pandemic as well as in future humanitarian crises.

Read the Plos One article here.

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