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Au et al., 2008: Teaching about the biological theory of germs increased hand washing among 4th-grade children

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Au, T. K. F., Chan, C. K., Chan, T. K., Cheung, M. W., Ho, J. Y., & Ip, G. W. (2008). Folkbiology meets microbiology: A study of conceptual and behavioral change. Cognitive Psychology, 57(1), 1-19.
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Teaching 4th-grade children in Hong Kong following the 2003 SARS epidemic the biological theory of germs, challenging the traditional folk theory that being cold causes colds, increased the percentage who washed their hands before folding napkins for a class party from 14% to 41%. The effects were observed above and beyond a teacher-designed program based on publicly available resources, which emphasized the symptoms of flus, do’s and don’ts, etc.

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Walton & Wilson, 2018