Professor Jovan Byford (School of Psychology & Counselling, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, The Open University) about the Covid-19 in relation to the psychology of conspiracy theories What has the Covid-19 pandemic taught us about the psychology of conspiracy theories? Two years ago this week, at the very start of the current pandemic, the… Continue reading What has the Covid-19 pandemic taught us about the psychology of conspiracy theories?
A new article published in the Journal of Applied Social Psychology is of special interest to the School. 'Community cohesion during the first peak of the COVID-19 pandemic' is based on Sarah Jane Svensson's dissertation project for module DE300 Investigating Psychology 3. The article is co-authored by Sarah and her former tutor, Stamatis Elntib, who supervised her DE300 dissertation.… Continue reading Turning a dissertation project into a refereed journal article!
As the pandemic proceeds, the first academic research on its effects is being published. Social psychologist Dr Eleni Andreouli writes about how the Covid-19 experience has changed UK political discourse and models of citizenship. Covid-19 has certainly altered the fundamentals of the way we live our lives. For the most part, the ‘science’ of Covid-19… Continue reading Citizenship under Covid-19
New research by Dr Sandra Obradovic and colleagues examines the contributions of behavioural science to lockdown policy and the UK's Covid-19 response. What went wrong in the coupling of behavioural science and policy-making during the UK’s first lockdown? How does an emergent science foster credibility and trust as a policy-making tool for times of crisis?… Continue reading Lessons from lockdown: The contributions of behavioural science
Dr Gini Harrison discusses her new research on how COVID-19 impacts on pregnant women, and the steps they can take to counter some of the negative effects. There is no doubt that COVID-19 has placed a significant strain on people’s mental health. And this may be amplified for pregnant women (who are classed as a… Continue reading Prenatal mental health during COVID-19; the importance of social support, thinking style, and countering loneliness