Coronavirus anti-vaxxers: one in six British people would refuse a vaccine – here's how to change their minds

Research on conspiracy theories can help people become receptive to health advice.

Darel Cookson, PhD Candidate in Psychology, Staffordshire University • conversation
July 8, 2020 ~6 min

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Coronavirus responses highlight how humans are hardwired to dismiss facts that don't fit their worldview

Whether in situations relating to scientific consensus, economic history or current political events, denialism has its roots in what psychologists call 'motivated reasoning.'

Adrian Bardon, Professor of Philosophy, Wake Forest University • conversation
June 25, 2020 ~9 min

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A majority of vaccine skeptics plan to refuse a COVID-19 vaccine, a study suggests, and that could be a big problem

As most of the world early awaits a vaccine for COVID-19, a smaller group of people scoffs. They could spell real trouble in the effort to build widespread immunity.

Matt Motta, Assistant Professor of Political Science, Oklahoma State University • conversation
May 4, 2020 ~8 min

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What impact will the coronavirus pandemic have on anti-vaxxers?

Vocal vaccine critics may not find the audience they're looking for while the pandemic rages.

Samantha Vanderslott, Postdoctoral Researcher in Social Sciences, University of Oxford • conversation
April 9, 2020 ~5 min

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