Do you know that people who follow the SOPs and maintain social distance have a much-improved memory capacity? According to the study conducted by the National Academy of Sciences, this is a sign of intelligence, and honestly, we couldn’t agree more.
Weiwei Zhang is an associate professor of psychology working at the University of California at Riverside and he released the following statement regarding the new study. he says that policymakers need to consider everyone's general cognitive abilities in order to promote compliance behavior like ensuring social distancing or wearing the mask.
Working memory can simply be defined as the information that is stored in mind for brief moments – and it’s got a strong association with analytical and comprehension skills.
The researchers of this study prose that the failure to comply with social distancing policies may have a strong connection with the limited capacity of people to retain diverse pieces of information in the compartment of working memory. They also conclude these people have an increased awareness of the benefits relating to social distancing.
This research was conducted in March and had a total of 850 participants – they were asked to fill out questionnaires relating to their demographics and social distancing practices. They were also assessed on their personality traits and cognitive capacity.
You may find it astonishing to know that there’s a strong correlation between working memory and social distancing behavior. Hence, the results even impact their moods, personality, income levels and education, etc.
Contrary to popular belief, the aim of this study was not to shame people on their low IQ. The objective was to figure out why some people choose to not follow social distancing policies knowing how dangerous it can be for their health.
Zhang has a piece of simple advice for all the campaigns being run for social distancing: Be succinct, concise, and brief. How about we put out Social Distancing Floor Decals Stickers all over the country? What do you think? Would it help?