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Mocking unvaxxed COVID victims is the new pandemic blood sport

Daily Beast, Sept. 28, 2021

September 28, 2021

Mocking unvaxxed COVID victims is the new pandemic blood sport

“Shock persuasion” about the dangers of COVID isn’t very effective, noted an article in Scientific American co-written by [Peter] Ditto, UC Irvine [professor of psychological science]. In an email, Ditto told The Daily Beast sites devoted to effectively cataloguing dead anti-vaxxers are “using a strategy that is deeply intuitive, but of questionable effectiveness.” Among other things, he and his colleagues point to “empathy gaps” psychologists have identified over the years when people attempt to persuade others to make good health decisions.