Expanding Empathy Lecture Series: Jay Van Bavel

Wednesday, March 31, 2021
3:30 p.m.–5:00 p.m.
Expanding Empathy Lecture Series: Jay Van Bavel

Lecture title: "For Better or Worse: The Role of Social Identity in the Pandemic"

Abstract: We are in the midst of one of the greatest global health crises in the past century. In the absence of a vaccine, the major public health response has required massive collective behavior change—especially at the national level. In this talk, I will present several recent studies on the role of social identity in the coronavirus pandemic. I will illustrate how social identity can both facilitate and impair collective action. These studies will draw on the movement of millions of cell phones tracking human mobility in the United States during the early stages of the pandemic as well as an international sample of health intentions in sixty-seven countries. Together, these studies clarify how social identity might be leveraged effectively for global public health.

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