Collective threats make social norms more rigid

Changes in social norms during the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic across 43 countries

An international team coordinated by Giulia Andrighetto of the Institute of Cognitive Sciences and Technologies of the Cnr in Rome and by Aron Szekely of the Collegio Carlo Alberto in Turin analyzed the social behaviors of over 30,000 people from 43 countries in the first phase of infection with Covid, confirming the theory according to which, in stressful situations, social norms tend to be more restrictive. The study is published in Nature Communications, download paper

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