Gesundheitskommunikation

Psychology and Infectious Diseases Lab

Welcome to the Psychology and Infectious Diseases Lab (PIDI Lab)!

Prof. Dr. Cornelia Betsch and her team work on understanding principles of health behavior by applying a judgment and decision making and strategic interaction perspective to infectious disease control - especially with regard to the vaccination decision and prudent use of antibiotics.

At the same time, they believe in the necessity to make research findings usable. That’s why this team is also involved in creating online materials for health organizations (such as the Europen Centre for Disease Prevention and Control or the Bundeszentrale für gesundheitliche Aufklärung) or in projects with authorities such as the World Health Organization, Regional Office for Europe, or the Thuringian Ministry of Health.This combination of high understanding and high usability of research has been labelled “Pasteur’s Quadrant” (Stroke, 1997). We would like to follow this luminous tradition by striving for both high understanding and high usability to contribute to the attainment of public health goals.

Current research projects

COVID-19 Snapshot Monitoring (COSMO)

Ziel dieses Projektes ist es, einen wiederholten Einblick in die Wahrnehmungen der Bevölkerung - die “psychologische Lage” - zu erhalten. Dies soll es erleichtern, Kommunikationsmaßnahmen und die Berichterstattung so auszurichten, um der Bevölkerung korrektes, hilfreiches Wissen anzubieten und Falschinformationen und Aktionismus vorzubeugen. So soll z.B. auch versucht werden, medial stark diskutiertes Verhalten einzuordnen, wie z.B. die Diskriminierung von Personen, die augenscheinlich aus stark betroffenen Ländern wie China oder Italien kommen, oder sogenannte Hamsterkäufe. Wir wollen ergründen, wie häufig solches Verhalten tatsächlich vorkommt und welche Faktoren dieses Verhalten möglicherweise erklären können.

Die Ergebnisse sollen Behörden, Medienvertretern, aber auch der Bevölkerung dazu dienen, die psychologischen Herausforderungen der COVID-19 Epidemie einschätzen zu können und im besten Falle zu bewältigen.

Ein Gemeinschaftsprojekt von Universität Erfurt (UE, Leitung), Robert Koch-Institut (RKI), Bundeszentrale für gesundheitliche Aufklärung (BZgA), Leibniz-Zentrum für Psychologische Information und Dokumentation (ZPID), Science Media Center (SMC), Bernhard Nocht Institute for Tropical Medicine (BNITM), Yale Institute for Global Health (YIGH).

Zugang zu den Ergebnissen: www.corona-monitor.de, eine Aktualisierung findet immer freitags um die Mittagszeit statt.  

Auf der Basis dieser Studie wurde eine Tool für die WHO/Euro Region entwickelt: http://www.euro.who.int/en/health-topics/health-emergencies/coronavirus-covid-19/news/news/2020/4/new-whoeurope-tool-for-behavioural-insights-critical-to-inform-covid-19-response

Reducing negative effects of communicating vaccine safety events – Erkenntnistransfer-Projekt SAFECOMM

This knowledge transfer project builds on the results of two DFG-projects, which have shown that narrative reports of vaccine-adverse events have a strong distorting effect on the perception of vaccination risks and the vaccination intention. The application partner is the Paul-Ehrlich-Institute (PEI). With Frank Renkewitz, University of Erfurt. This project is funded by the DFG. Doctoral student: Lisa Felgendreff.

 

Vaccination as strategic behavior: Vaccine hesitancy

In this project with Robert Böhm (RWTH Aachen University) we develop an interactive vaccination game to test the idea that vaccination decisions are also strategic interactions: when it is individually rational not to vaccinate, but collectively necessary to reach elimination goals – which factors make people vaccinate? Which factors invite free-riding? This project is funded by the DFG. Doctoral student: Lars Korn (Erfurt) and Nicolas Meier (Aachen).

 

Impfen 60+: Influenza and pneumococcal vaccination and sepsis prevention

In this joint project with the Robert Koch Institute, the Universitätsklinikum Jena and Lindgrün GmbH we will create and evaluate an evidence informed intervention to address vaccine hesitancy regarding influenza and pneumococcal vaccination in the elderly. We will draw upon the 4C model of vaccine hesitance (Betsch, Böhm & Chapman, 2015) and evaluate the intervention against vaccine uptake as well as conduct a cost effectiveness study. Funded by the German Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). More info here: impfen60plus. Doctoral students: Dorothee Rauber, Sarah Eitze, Philipp Schmid (psychology), Winja Weber, Anne Reinhardt (communications), Nora Küpke (lab manager).

 

Nudging health-care personnel to increase the uptake of influenza vaccination

In this project with Prof. Ansgar Lohse, Universitätsklinikum Eppendorf, we aim at analyzing the reasons for vaccine hesitancy in healthcare workers. Furthermore, we design nudges to increase healthcare workers’ seasonal influenza vaccine-uptake. The project uses a combination of laboratory experiments and field experiments to optimize the validity of results and derive practical conclusions for the implementation of nudges in a clinical setting. This project is funded by the German Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) via the DZIF (Deutsches Zentrum für Infektionsforschung).

 

Inhaberin der DFG Heisenberg-Professur of Health Communication
Lehrgebäude 4 / Raum 220
Office hour
montags 11-12 Uhr
Profile page
Annett Psurek
Sekretariat der Professur für Gesundheitskommunikation
Lehrgebäude 4 / Raum 208

Open Science

PIDI-Lab members are committed to Open Science. We are members of the Erfurt Open Science Initiative. We embrace the values of openness and transparency in science by applying Open Science practices in our research, teaching, support of young researchers and interactions with our institution.

 

Fake News

Fake News - A look behind the scenes

Film as part of the exhibition Fake News - eine (nicht ganz) postfaktische Ausstellungat the Stadtmuseums Erfurt (2018).