Written by Jolanda Jetten, professor of social psychology and Australian Laureate Fellow at the University of Queensland; Stephen Reicher, Wardlaw Professor of Psychology at the University of St. Andrews; S. Alexander Haslam, professor of psychology and Australian Laureate Fellow at the University of Queensland*; and Tegan Cruwys, senior research fellow at the Australian National University, the book argue that,
“an effective response to the pandemic depends upon people coming together and supporting each other as members of a common community….unless or until a vaccine is developed, or we discover medicines to treat the virus, our means of controlling the spread of infection depend on behavioural changes and hence upon human psychology. … Indeed, all we can do to control the virus right now is get people to behave appropriately — to ‘do the right thing.’ … However, it is not enough to understand that we need psychology as a core part of efforts against COVID-19. It is also important to understand what sort of psychology helps or hinders in those efforts.”
Given the import of its subject matter, SAGE Publishing had agreed to make the the uncorrected draft e-book freely available at here. (And while this is free to read, keep in mind that the copyright holders – the editors and contributors — retain copyright. This download is for personal use only. Please contact SAGE Publishing if you wish to re-use any part of it.)
*We make this available as MGSMAA board member, Randal Tame was one of Alex Haslam’s PhD students.