Points Of View: Cooperation During Disasters

By Lauren Gilger
Published: Tuesday, March 31, 2020 - 2:37pm
Updated: Thursday, April 2, 2020 - 11:01am

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Athena Aktipis and Dr. Joe Alcock
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Athena Aktipis, assistant professor of psychology and co-director of the Human Generosity Project, and Dr. Joe Alcock, emergency physician at the University of New Mexico Hospital and associate director of emergency medicine.

As the number of American COVID-19 cases continues to rise, health officials and government authorities have asked people to practice social distancing through measures such as avoiding crowded locations and staying six feet apart from another person.

In times like these, we need to cooperate with each other more than ever.

However, when disasters hit, whether they be pandemics or hurricanes, can we expect people to step up and do their part?

The Show held a Points of View roundtable discussion about this question with two people who are well-versed in the mentality behind cooperation.

Athena Aktipis is an assistant professor of psychology in the ASU Department of Psychology who studies cooperation and cheating and co-directs the Human Generosity Project. Dr. Joe Alcock is an emergency physician at the University of New Mexico Hospital who has been deployed on the New Mexico Disaster Medical Assistance team.

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