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Description: We know a LOT about social distancing at this point in time (Fall 2020) don’t we? Well, we might think we do but as we need to consider increasingly comprehensive restrictions on social engagement as the pandemic surges into the winter months it is helpful to see that quite a bit of Psychological research has been done between last March and this fall on how people around the world have reacted or are reacting to Covid-19 related restrictions. Have you thought about how people’s reactions are varying in relation to the cultural settings? Have Canadian reacted differently than Americans (yes there is cultural variation there)? Europeans differently than Asian cultures? Psychology is Psychology but how it plays out varies by culture and the Psychology of how people respond to and react to everything from mask wearing to social distancing to lockdowns also vary by culture. Think about what you have noted with regards to Covid-19 reactions that could be seen as liking to cultural variations in Psychology and then have a look at the article linked below to see what some Psychology researchers have noted.

Source: The psychology of lockdown suggests sticking to rules gets harder the longer it lasts. Dougal Sutherland, The Conversation.

Date: November 15, 2020

Photo Credit: Image by J Garget from Pixabay

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So, did the thoughts, theories and research on the cultural variations in reactions to lockdown described in the linked article fit with your own? What about when you add in the current situation with many regions showing higher and more rapidly increasing level of infection than were the case last spring. In other words, people are stressed and tired and winter in arriving and things are going south. How are we reacting and how will we react? It WILL vary by culture and this fall will also be different than last spring. Hang on and hang in there!

Questions for Discussion:

  1. What are some of the ways in which Covid-19 restriction reactions have varied across cultures?
  2. What are some of the ways in which reactions to Covid-19 restrictions may vary this Fall compared to those observed last spring?
  3. What are some of the options for how we introduce or “market” increasing social restrictions in response to Covid-19 that would be different from one cultural region to another? (I.e., Canada vs. the United States: European countries vs Asian countries etc.)

References (Read Further):

This Multi-Author paper contains a HUGE range of Psychological research and theory: Van Bavel, J. J., Baicker, K., Boggio, P. S., Capraro, V., Cichocka, A., Cikara, M., … & Drury, J. (2020). Using social and behavioural science to support COVID-19 pandemic response. Nature Human Behaviour, 1-12. Link or Link

Gelfand, M. J., Raver, J. L., Nishii, L., Leslie, L. M., Lun, J., Lim, B. C., … & Aycan, Z. (2011). Differences between tight and loose cultures: A 33-nation study. science, 332(6033), 1100-1104. Link

Levendusky, M. S. (2018). Americans, not partisans: Can priming American national identity reduce affective polarization?. The Journal of Politics, 80(1), 59-70. Link

Durante, R., & Gulino, G. (2020). Asocial capital: Civic culture and social distancing during COVID-19. Link

Grover, S., Sahoo, S., Mehra, A., Avasthi, A., Tripathi, A., Subramanyan, A., … & Chakraborty, K. (2020). Psychological impact of COVID-19 lockdown: An online survey from India. Indian Journal of Psychiatry, 62(4), 354. Link

Laliotis, I., & Minos, D. (2020). Spreading the disease: The role of culture. Link

Platteau, J. P., & Verardi, V. (2020). How To Exit Covid-19 Lockdowns: Culture Matters. CEPR, Covid Economics, 23, 1-57. Link

One Response to “Psychology of Covid-19: Cultural Variation in Reactions to Social Restrictions”

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