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Vaccine Skepticism is Actually About Gut Beliefs
« on: Fri Apr 30, 2021 - 11:04:58 »
Vaccine Skepticism Was Viewed as a Knowledge Problem. It's Actually About Gut Beliefs.

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/04/29/us/vaccine-skepticism-beliefs.html
https://news.yahoo.com/vaccine-skepticism-viewed-knowledge-problem-185747045.html

For years, scientists and doctors have treated vaccine skepticism as a knowledge problem. If patients were hesitant to get vaccinated, the thinking went, they simply needed more information.

But as public health officials now work to convince Americans to get COVID-19 vaccines as quickly as possible, new social science research suggests that a set of deeply held beliefs is at the heart of many people’s resistance, complicating efforts to bring the coronavirus pandemic under control.

“The instinct from the medical community was, ‘If only we could educate them,’” said Dr. Saad Omer, director of the Yale Institute for Global Health, who studies vaccine skepticism. “It was patronizing and, as it turns out, not true.”

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About one-third of U.S. adults are still resisting vaccines. Polling shows that Republicans make up a substantial part of that group. Given how deeply the country is divided by politics, it is perhaps not surprising that they have dug in, particularly with a Democrat in the White House. But political polarization is only part of the story.

In recent years, public health researchers have teamed with social psychologists to look more deeply into the “why” behind vaccine hesitancy. They wanted to find out whether there was anything that vaccine skeptics had in common, in order to better understand how to persuade them.

They borrowed a concept from social psychology — the idea that a small set of moral intuitions form the foundations upon which complex moral worldviews are constructed — and applied it to their study of vaccine skepticism.

What they discovered was a clear set of psychological traits offering a new lens through which to understand skepticism — and potentially new tools for public health officials scrambling to try to persuade people to get vaccinated.

Omer and a team of scientists found that skeptics were much more likely than nonskeptics to have a highly developed sensitivity for liberty — the rights of individuals — and to have less deference to those in positions of power.

Skeptics were also twice as likely to care a lot about the “purity” of their bodies and their minds. They disapprove of things they consider disgusting, and the mindset defies neat categorization: It could be religious — halal or kosher — or entirely secular, like people who care deeply about toxins in foods or in the environment.

Scientists have found similar patterns among skeptics in Australia and Israel, and in a broad sample of vaccine-hesitant people in 24 countries in 2018.

“At the root are these moral intuitions — these gut feelings — and they are very strong,” said Jeff Huntsinger, a social psychologist at Loyola University Chicago who studies emotion and decision-making and collaborated with Omer’s team. “It’s very hard to override them with facts and information. You can’t reason with them in that way.”

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Re: Vaccine Skepticism is Actually About Gut Beliefs
« Reply #1 on: Fri Apr 30, 2021 - 11:29:27 »
What a trash article.  It's not even true.  Vaccine hesitancy for the 'vids vaccine is very high in Detroit in my state, and they ain't liberty loving whiteys.  But they have the same hesitancy I do.  No long term track record with the 'vids vaccine.

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Re: Vaccine Skepticism is Actually About Gut Beliefs
« Reply #2 on: Fri Apr 30, 2021 - 11:55:53 »
The article is not so much about the covid vaccines but about vaccines in general. 

That they cause autism.
They contain lead. 
They have GMO components.

That kind of stuff

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Re: Vaccine Skepticism is Actually About Gut Beliefs
« Reply #3 on: Fri Apr 30, 2021 - 12:29:36 »
The article is not so much about the covid vaccines but about vaccines in general. 

That they cause autism.
They contain lead. 
They have GMO components.

That kind of stuff
The excerpt seemed to indicate the opposite - that it wasn't about errant beliefs (are they though?), but rather about people's principles.

Also, calling principles "gut feelings" misses the mark by a mile.  Gross.

TC,

Just because urban Michiganders don't share your principles, doesn't mean they don't have principles that are preventing them.  I might suggest that many hold to a well-developed principle that causes vaccine skepticism: Don't Trust Whitey.

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Re: Vaccine Skepticism is Actually About Gut Beliefs
« Reply #4 on: Fri Apr 30, 2021 - 12:50:32 »
The excerpt seemed to indicate the opposite - that it wasn't about errant beliefs (are they though?), but rather about people's principles.

Also, calling principles "gut feelings" misses the mark by a mile.  Gross.

TC,

Just because urban Michiganders don't share your principles, doesn't mean they don't have principles that are preventing them.  I might suggest that many hold to a well-developed principle that causes vaccine skepticism: Don't Trust Whitey.

When it comes to the government and covid vaccine I "don't trust whitey" either.  I don't care if Trump pushed Operation Warp Speed or not. 

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« Reply #4 on: Fri Apr 30, 2021 - 12:50:32 »