Corona virus

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2020 was a big year for conspiracy thinking. Such as a new disease appearing out of nowhere, resulting in so many deaths? That has to be a conspiracy, according to many. The Internet has been flooded with all sorts of conspiracy theories in the past year. This leads us to the question: why do people believe in the most improbable stories and why do we find that a problem?

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Behavior as the key to overcoming the crisis: the Ghent University motivation barometer

Coronacrisis

Since the beginning of the first lockdown, Ghent University has been gauging how and why we comply with the rules. Meanwhile, the motivation barometer has become a unique behavioral study with unprecedented social relevance. “We provide scientifically substantiated policy advice to support our motivation drivers,” says Professor Maarten Vansteenkiste, the driving force behind the study.

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Will we soon have dogs sniffing us out en masse in the fight against coronavirus? It’s possible, as tracker dogs appear to be more accurate in detecting coronavirus than traditional tests. Moreover, it is faster and a lot cheaper. “The first results from our corona dogs are very good,” says Ghent University researcher Chris Callewaert. “They achieve an average accuracy of 95 per cent.”

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Four ways to counter vaccine skeptics

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Ghent University’s Motivation Barometer suggests that two out of ten Belgians are sceptical about the corona vaccines. Philosopher of science and researcher at Ghent University Massimiliano Simons and moral philosopher Brecht Decoene, two specialists in conspiracy thinking and anti-vaxxers, explain how to counter this doubt and opposition.

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How Ghent University’s study on corona and refugees became a WHO report

Ilse Derluyn

The corona crisis is having a major negative impact on the most vulnerable refugees, according to a study by the World Health Organization published last Friday, on the International Day of Migrants. It was researchers from Ghent University and the University of Copenhagen that developed this report. “We are very happy that the WHO chose to run with our study. In this way our work can have worldwide resonance.”

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