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Sakip Sabancı International Research Award Prof. Dr. Michie


The theme of the year “Corona After the World and Turkey: A Pandemic of Social, Political and Psychological Impacts” Sakip Sabancı International Research Awards Jury Special Award Professor Dr. Susan Michie ‘Given.

Sakip Sabanci International Research Awards, bequeathed by the honorary president of Sabanci University Sakip Sabanci, continues to award scientists in the field of social sciences. This year 16. Sakip Sabanci International Research Awards theme of the year “After the World and Turkey, the Corona: A Pandemic of Social, Political and Psychological Impacts “ while; Professor Susan Michie, Director of the Center for Behavioral Change at the University of London, who has made significant international contributions to this field, was awarded the Special Jury Prize.

Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Sabancı University Guler Sabanci, In his speech at the online ceremony, he reminded that he expects news from scientists from all over the world that will bring hope to mankind. “The Sakip Sabanci International Research Awards are a testament to Mr. Sakip’s confidence in scientists for the future.” he said.

Michie: Communication should be honest, open and transparent

Speaking at the awards ceremony, Professor Susan Michie said she was proud to receive such an award and said:

“How does psychology help fight Covid-19? I want to share this with you. Due to the Covid-19 epidemic, governments around the world have asked people to change their behavior. We developed different behavioral habits, such as physical distance, wearing masks, and isolating ourselves. But following the rules depends on ability, opportunity and motivation. These three factors directly affect behavior. Psychologists play an important role in understanding and evaluating behaviors in order to cope with Covid-19. First, we must target politicians to change their behavior. The first step to change is to make recommendations for changing behavior. Our research team identified 93 different techniques that allow people to change their behavior. The use of these techniques varies according to the societies, conditions, and behaviors that want to be changed. For example, if you want to follow quarantine rules, do not increase motivation with methods such as fines; You aim to improve your opportunities by increasing social, financial and practical resources. Reliable leadership is important at this point. Communication should be honest, open and transparent. It is necessary not only to tell what to do, but also to explain to the citizen the reason for this recommendation. It is necessary to know the society well, listen to them and involve them in the decision-making process. Governments don’t always offer what we offer, but we try to give the best advice. I hope that behavioral scientists in Turkey benefit from a psychologist from the government. Today, no one and no government can defend itself. People are interconnected, and the solutions to be produced must be global. We can only protect ourselves by protecting each other. “

Reviews of articles are given by independent and international jury members at the Sakip Sabanci International Research Awards, led by Sabancı University’s Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences and the Istanbul Policy Center. So far, Turkey’s foreign policy, economy, the history of the award-winning program, social dynamics to work on various topics this year received a large number of applications from five different continents.

Award-winning articles

The three award-winning articles this year are: Assoc. Dr. Ayşenur Dal and Assoc. Dr. Efe Tokdemir with pen “Socio-psychological dynamics with basic conditions in societies fighting COVID-19”From Kadir Has University Onurcan Yilmaz is not yet active in Medium. and Queensland University of Technology, Australia Ozan Jobs pen by “Covidien – a threat to cognitive and behavioral outcomes in 19 worlds and Turkey”From Yaşar University Sinan Alperpen by “Belief in the conspiracy theories about Covid-19: Not wrong, but a feature of human nature”.

During the evaluation process of the writing awards, Sabancı University, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, academic member Prof. Dr. Nebi Sumer Sabancı University Vice Rector and Director of Istanbul Policy Center Prof. Dr. Fuat Keyman, Prof. Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Sabancı University. Dr. Meltem Muftisi-Bach, Kadir Has University Professor. Dr. Adil Sarıbay, University of Kent Professor. Dr. Ayşe Üskül, Head of the Department of Psychology at Columbia University Kevin N. Ochsner and a Member of the New York University Lecturer Jay Van Bavel It happened. At the ceremony, Sakip Sabanci International Research Awards 2022 “Turkey and the Future of Globalization in the Light of Comparative Examples: Are States Back?” as announced. (DHA)

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