The goal of International Collaboration on the Social & Moral Psychology of COVID-19 is to bring together scholars from around the globe to examine psychological factors underlying the attitudes and behavioral intentions related to COVID19. We focused on factors such as beliefs in conspiracy theories, cooperation, risk perception, social belonging, intellectual humility, national identification, collective narcissism, moral identity, political ideology, self-esteem, and cognitive reflection. The goal was to generate a massive multi-national sample of representative samples that can serve as a public good for the scientific community.
To date, over 200 researchers collected data from over 44,000 citizens in 67 countries. We are operating under a model of open science where all measures and data will be shared, and available for secondary papers upon publication.
This projected was initiated by Jay Van Bavel, Mark Alfano, Paulo Sérgio Boggio, Valerio Capraro, Aleksandra Cichocka, Aleksandra Cisłak and Hallgeir Sjåstad, who were interested in examining the psychological factors underlying the attitudes and behavioral intentions related to COVID19. They sent an open call for International collaborators via social media, where Jay posted a call for teams who could collect representative samples around the world. This invitation was inclusive to any interested faculty (and their postdocs, grad students, etc) interested in these topics. We asked scholars to collect 500 or more participants from a representative sample in their home country. All collaborators received authorship in the first paper where we published the data for the scientific community. All collaborators were also free to add additional research items at the end of their surveys.
The call resulted in over 200 researchers joining the project.
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