As scientists have doubled efforts to create a vaccine coornavirus, social distance, along with masks and hand hygiene, is the only protection from the deadly virus.
Now, new research has emerged, suggesting that compliance with social distancing has a lot to do with working memory. It is an indicator of intelligence.
The results of the study showed that those who follow guidelines for social distancing have better capacity of working memory than those who do not abide by them.
The study was published in proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
The capacity of working memory says about how much information people can hold in short term. It is also associated with judgment and problem solving skills.
Weiwei Zhang, associate Professor of psychology, University of California at riverside, said the study suggests policymakers should take into account the General people’s cognitive abilities when asking them to wear a mask or to deal with physical distancing.
The study was conducted on 850 participants in March. The participants filled out questionnaires on demographics and practice social distancing. They were also tested on personality and cognitive ability.
The study found that people with higher capacity of working memory becomes awareness of benefits over costs of physical distancing. Such persons exposed according to recommendations immediately after the outbreak of the coronavirus.
The aim of this experiment was to find out why some people do not follow the rules of social distancing. He also tried to facilitate strategies to enhance compliance.