Couldn’t socially distance? Blame your working memory

Whether you decided to engage in social distancing in the early stages of COVID-19 depended on how much information your working memory could hold. Researchers found individuals with higher working memory capacity have an increased awareness of benefits over costs of social distancing and show more compliance with recommended social distancing guidelines during the early stage of the COVID-19 outbreak. The UC Riverside-led study offers potential strategies to mitigate social-distancing noncompliance in a public-health crisis.