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  1.  4
    Opening Up is Not Showing Up: Human Volition After the Pandemic.Daniel W. Bromley - 2021 - Mind and Society 20 (2):195-199.
    A global pandemic on the scale of Covid-19 upsets all standard decision protocols. Pressure from politicians to "open up" the economy presumes that individuals grant credible trust to politicians and merchants eager to recover customers. The asymmetric concern for safety compounds normal heuristics. The Peircean pragmatic maxim reminds us that it is the perceived effects of a post-pandemic society and economy that will drive human volition in the aftermath of Covid-19. Opening up does not equal showing up.
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    Biowarfare Conspiracy, Faith in Government, and Compliance with Safety Guidelines During COVID-19: An International Study.Olga Khokhlova, Nishtha Lamba, Aditi Bhatia & Marina Vinogradova - 2021 - Mind and Society 20 (2):235-251.
    In light of the coronavirus pandemic, an international study was conducted to explore the new bioterrorism conspiracy, faith in government, and compliance with public health guidelines related to COVID-19. Hierarchical regressions showed that while general belief in conspiracies decreased faith in government during COVID-19, it increased belief in bioterrorism regarding the coronavirus. Critical thinking was associated with decreased endorsement of biowarfare conspiracy. Higher levels of belief in bioterrorism, faith in government, and perceived risk positively facilitated compliance behavior in public internationally. (...)
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    Economic Behavior and Behavioral Economics at Times of COVID-19 Pandemic.Doron Kliger - 2021 - Mind and Society 20 (2):253-260.
    I am a behavioral economist, who is interested in both behavioral sciences and economic behavior. By the term “economic behavior” I refer to the calculative reasoned domain of economic analysis, whereas by “behavioral economics” I address aspects of human feelings, emotions and everything that is not captured by the “rational” paradigm. Evidently, erroneous calculations, as well as unhinged sentiments lead to economic losses, and every change in the economics of the world has both calculative and behavioral sides to it. In (...)
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    Coronavirus in Ireland: One Behavioural Scientist’s View.Peter D. Lunn - 2021 - Mind and Society 20 (2):229-233.
    This paper offers the perspective of a behavioural scientist advising and providing evidence for Ireland's government during the coronavirus pandemic. It describes how behavioural research informed the public response in the early months of the crisis, but lost influence as political conflict increased. It proposes some broader lessons for managing public health crises, one of which is to recognise the potential wisdom of crowds.
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    The Adaptive Moral Challenge of COVID-19.Lindsay J. Thompson - 2021 - Mind and Society 20 (2):215-219.
    This author offers of narrative of hope in response to the coronavirus pandemic by viewing it as a wake-up call to lean into the adaptive moral challenge of stewardship for the future of humanity and the planet. Acknowledging the many material and social benefits of a global regime of free market urbanism built on advances in science and technology, this is a point in geohistory, the Anthropocene, when the impact of human activities on the Earth has begun to outcompete natural (...)
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    A Small Step Towards Unification of Economics and Physics.Subhendu Bhattacharyya - 2021 - Mind and Society 20 (1):69-84.
    Unification of natural science and social science is a centuries-old, unmitigated debate. Natural science has a chronological advantage over social science because the latter took time to include many social phenomena in its fold. History of science witnessed quite a number of efforts by social scientists to fit this discipline in a rational if not mathematical framework. On the other hand a tendency among some physicists has been observed especially since the last century to recast a number of social phenomena (...)
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    All Policies Are Wrong, but Some Are Useful—and Which Ones Do No Harm?Mario Brito, Maxwell Chipulu, Ian G. Dawson, Yaniv Hanoch & Konstantinos V. Katsikopoulos - 2021 - Mind and Society 20 (1):119-122.
    The five of us research and teach risk analysis with an eye towards decision support. Our work has been dedicated to taming risks and helping to make challenging decisions. But nothing had prepared us for the Covid-19 pandemic. We first had to grapple with the news coming from abroad, including, for some of us, our home countries. Then, some information and research, but mostly opinions, started coming in from our academic community, and we felt the tensions. Finally, the UK went (...)
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    Rationality and Fatalism: Meanings and Labels in Pre-Revolutionary Russia.Daniel W. Bromley - 2021 - Mind and Society 20 (1):103-105.
    Recent interest in the alleged rationality and fatalism of Russian peasants illustrates persistent tendencies to objectify certain social actors—and to assign normative labels to their vexing behavior. Sometimes those labels are demeaning. I call attention to this unpleasant tendency, and ask why some social actors attract our analytical interest, while other social actors escape such scrutiny. This disparity is particularly interesting when the two social actors are engaged in a setting where extractive power is present yet unnoticed.
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    “Trust Me, I’M Your Neighbour” How to Improve Epidemic Risk Containment Through Community Trust.Silvia Felletti - 2021 - Mind and Society 20 (1):155-158.
    The COVID-19 crisis, while still in its first phase where a cure or vaccine are not available, has made societal safety highly depending on the commitment of individual citizens. Governments and policy-makers must make a priority over issuing public communication which can involve population and maximize their compliance. Our ability to encourage appropriate behaviour in citizens can be enhanced by regarding community safety as a public good or a social dilemma, and applying insights from behavioural studies on public good scenarios (...)
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    Reasonable Bounds on Rationality.Igor Grossmann & Richard P. Eibach - 2021 - Mind and Society 20 (1):59-67.
    Previous theory and research on bounded rationality has emphasized how limited cognitive resources constrain people from making utility maximizing choices. This paper expands the concept of bounded rationality to consider how people’s rationality may be constrained by their internalization of a qualitatively distinct standard for sound judgment, which is commonly labeled reasonableness. In contrast to rationality, the standard of reasonableness provides guidance for making choices in situations that involve balancing incommensurable values and interests or reconciling conflicting points-of-view. We review recent (...)
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    Sensing the Self in Spiritual Experience.V. Hari Narayanan - 2021 - Mind and Society 20 (1):25-40.
    The paper seeks to argue that the feeling of being part of a larger whole, considered to be a major feature of spiritual experience in some traditions, amounts to a change in the way the self is pre-reflectively understood. Further, the paper argues that some recent developments in the study of cognition support the case for such a revision in self-conception, and this can be used to build up a secular understanding of spirituality. The paper proceeds by making use of (...)
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    Individual and Community Resilience in Natural Disaster Risks and Pandemics (Covid-19): Risk and Crisis Communication.Panagiotis V. Katsikopoulos - 2021 - Mind and Society 20 (1):113-118.
    Civil Protection and disaster risk specific agencies legally responsible to enhance individual and community resilience, still utilize in their risk and crisis communication efforts, the “deficit model” even though its basic assumption and approach have been criticized. Recent studies indicate that information seeking behavior is not necessarily a measure of enhanced individual preparedness. A qualitative change from “blindly” following directions to practicing emergency planning and becoming your own disaster risk manager is required. For pandemics, the challenge is even more complicated (...)
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    On the Dynamics Emerging From Pandemics and Infodemics.Stephan Leitner - 2021 - Mind and Society 20 (1):135-141.
    This position paper discusses emerging behavioral, social, and economic dynamics related to the COVID-19 pandemic and puts particular emphasis on two emerging issues: First, delayed effects of pandemics caused by dread risk effects are discussed whereby two factors which might influence the existence of such effects are identified, namely the accessibility of information and the effects of policy decisions on adaptive behavior. Second, the issue of individual preparedness to hazardous events is discussed. As events such as the COVID-19 pandemic unfolds (...)
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    A Theory of Sexual Revolution: Explaining the Collapse of the Norm of Premarital Abstinence.Chien Liu - 2021 - Mind and Society 20 (1):41-58.
    The sexual revolution that took place in the late 1960s and early 1970s is one of the most profound social changes during the second half of the twentieth century in America. Before the revolution, there existed a norm proscribing premarital sex ; premarital sex was not accepted. After the sexual revolution, the PS norm no longer existed; premarital sex became accepted. In the literature on how premarital sex became accepted, little attention is given to the institutional change that transpired—the collapse (...)
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    Words, Numbers, Warnings, Tips, but Still Low Risk Perception.Laura Macchi - 2021 - Mind and Society 20 (1):123-127.
    Psychology of communication must do everything is possible to promote an adequate perception of risk. This is particularly true when it comes to transmitting statistical and probabilistic data to an audience of non-experts, inevitably conditioning their perception of risk. Data are all available, but subjects are able to understand them in the specific meanings proper to a specialized language, only if they are adequately transmitted. And we find these phenomena in the difficulty in representing the trend of, for instance, Covid-19 (...)
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    Democratic Societies Defeat (COVID-19) Disasters by Boosting Shared Knowledge.Laura Martignon, Shabnam Mousavi & Joachim Engel - 2021 - Mind and Society 20 (1):143-147.
    Preparing people for dealing with hazards, diseases and disasters requires teaching them statistics, and ideally doing so by means of good representation formats in a dynamic fashion. Translating these dynamics to simple communication is what governments need from scientists.
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    Can Affordances Save Civilisation?Darryl Penney - 2021 - Mind and Society 20 (1):107-110.
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    Judging the Quality of (Fake) News on the Internet.Stefan Rass - 2021 - Mind and Society 20 (1):129-133.
    The only reliable remedy against anxiety is information, and reliable information and news are of crucial value in times of crises, such as COVID-19. Contemporary social media offers almost everyone a platform to publish one’s own thoughts, opinions, political statements and others, some of which may gain significant interest of others and thereby become so called “influencers”. This role has in the past been held by news agencies primarily, but this role is increasingly adopted also by private people and among (...)
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    Imitation, Conscious Will and Social Conditioning.Daniel Rueda Garrido - 2021 - Mind and Society 20 (1):85-102.
    This essay aims to explore imitation in social contexts. The argument that summarizes my claim is that the perception of other people’s behaviour conditions the agent in imitating that behaviour, as evidence from social psychology holds :893–910, 1999; Bargh and Ferguson in Psychol Bull 126:925–945, 2000; Bargh and Ferguson in Trends Cogn Sci 8:33–39, 2004), but what the agent perceives and experiences becomes potential motives for her actions only through her identification with a particular way of being and acting. Therefore, (...)
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    The Epistemic Uncertainty of COVID-19: Failures and Successes of Heuristics in Clinical Decision-Making.Riccardo Viale - 2021 - Mind and Society 20 (1):149-154.
    The brief article deals with the following questions: Was the adaptive toolbox of heuristics ecologically rational and specifically accurate in the initial stages of COVID-19, which was characterized by epistemic uncertainty? In other words, in dealing with COVID-19 did the environmental structural variables allow the success of a given heuristic strategy?
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    Compliance to “Unpleasant” Actions of Crisis Management: Some Remarks From a Management Control Perspective.Friederike Wall - 2021 - Mind and Society 20 (1):159-164.
    In managing the Covid-16 pandemic, policy makers took actions which require the cooperation of individual citizens to succeed while the actions partially come at remarkable costs for individuals. The brief paper employs a thought experiment to identify factors which affect individuals’ propensity to cooperate in the public goods game. These factors reasonably comprise, for example, risk perception and attitude towards risk, embeddedness in a social network or the desire for social approval and may differ remarkably among the individuals of a (...)
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    European Disaster Management in Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic.Christian Wankmüller - 2021 - Mind and Society 20 (1):165-170.
    Top priority of governments in containing the COVID-19 pandemic is “flattening the curve” which implies a slowing down of the virus’ spread across the entire population. The situation which European policymakers are facing at the moment is completely new and only few of them have the required experience to handle a disaster of such magnitude. What is important now is to avoid problems that repeatedly occurred in past disaster responses by learning the lessons and acting accordingly. This paper reflects on (...)
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    Ten Expert Views on the COVID-19 Pandemic.Christian Wankmüller, Stefan Rass & Friederike Wall - 2021 - Mind and Society 20 (1):111-112.
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