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Mapping the Moods of COVID-19: Global Study Uses Data Visualization to Track Psychological Responses, Identify Targets for Intervention

In March 2020, the fast-spreading coronavirus prompted many countries to go into lockdown and to take other behavioral measures to flatten the epidemic curve...

The Conversation: As states reopen, tensions flare between the rule followers and rule breakers

Since Republicans, on average, are five times more likely than Democrats to believe it’s safe now to resume normal business activity, reopening the economy has often been framed as a partisan issue. But within households, many families...

Scientific American: How Behavioral Science Can Help Contain the Coronavirus

In late March,Deborah Birx, one of the top coronavirus advisors in the United States, made a stunning admission: medicine cannot save us from COVID-19; only our conduct can. “There’s no magic bullet. There’s no magic vaccine or therapy,” she said...

Personal blog: For Love and Money: The Mask as a Multi-Purpose Tool

There’s a concept that researchers of goal pursuit talk about called multifinality. It’s the one-word summary we have for the notion of "killing two birds with one stone," or the idea is that any single object or option can help someone achieve two goals. This idea feels pretty obvious...

The Hill: To help more Americans adopt social distancing, change the message

A recent survey says many U.S. states are doing a poor job of social distancing. North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Tennessee, Oklahoma, Ohio and Arkansas and Mississippi each get an “F” in the report...

Personal blog: Don't Fence Me In

Normally I’d be spending every April weekend I could hiking with my husband in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. After several weekends in a row of the 2-3-hour drive (each way), my husband and I would eventually bargain with each other to spend a lazy weekend at home. On this lazy weekend, I might catch up on a little work...

UKrant: How much are we prepared to sacrifice?

When behavioural psychologist Pontus Leander saw the corona storm coming, he realised that he needed to do something. He is heading up a worldwide survey into people’s emotions and motivations around the pandemic. Because if we’re going to stop this thing...

Psychology Today: Social Distancing Is a Marshmallow Experiment You Didn’t Sign Up For

If you’ve taken a psychology class, you’ve probably come across the marshmallow experiment first performed by Walter Mischel and colleagues. Adorable pre-school kids were sat down in front of a...

The Conversation: 3 ways the coronavirus pandemic is changing who we are

For most Americans, the coronavirus pandemic represents a completely unprecedented circumstance, as novel as it is life-changing. No event in recent history has affected us as profoundly and pervasively....

The Boston Globe: To survive the coronavirus, the United States must tighten up

US officials have been implementing a wide range of public health measures to mitigate the damage being wrought by the deadly new coronavirus. While social distancing, better hygiene, and flat-out...

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