coronavirus

The recent Covid-19 outbreak has brought behavioural science and the importance of human behaviour front and centre in the public consciousness. Susan Michie, Professor of Health Psychology and Director of UCL’s Centre for Behaviour Change, and member of the UK Government’s...

The world is currently in an unprecedented state of upheaval and uncertainty. As countries fight to minimise the spread of COVID-19, everyone is adjusting to the “new normal”, remaining at home and practising social distancing. And the same is true of the psychologists whose...

Dr Julie Highfield is a member of the executive committee for the British Psychological Society's Division of Clinical Psychologists Wales. She's Consultant Clinical Psychologist in Wales’ largest Critical Care Unit in Cardiff.

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In a bid to slow the spread of the 2019/2020 coronavirus Covid-19, an increasing number of countries have initiated ‘lockdown’ procedures and now strongly encourage or insist upon extreme forms of social isolation and confinement. At the time of writing, many people are in...

There is a possible danger that the current uncertainty around COVID-19 could make things worse for those with obsessive-type conditions. For those with OCD or conditions involving cleanliness, neatness, germ-phobia, tidiness or some obsessive behaviours, the COVID-19...

In these difficult times where an ugly mix of clarity and confusion is making everyone to obsessively Google 'COVID-2019', 'pandemic', 'washing hands', 'coronavirus' and so on, something triggered my mind.

At the beginning of my training in Transactional Analysis, the...

No self-respecting Hollywood disaster movie would be complete without a scene where crowd members flee in apparent blind panic, and through their over-reaction, lack of judgement and reason become the agents of their own destruction. Nor is the image of panic limited to...

As a nation seemingly poised for the apocalypse, many Britons have spent the last fortnight stockpiling toilet rolls, dried pasta and UHT milk, leading some supermarkets to enforce a style of rationing not too dissimilar to WW2. What we are seeing might be described by some...

In this kind of outbreak, does the psychological get considered as important in amongst all the biological and medical issues?

Human behaviour will be a key factor affecting the speed and spread of the coronavirus, and therefore an understanding of the...

There are a whole range of factors involved in how the situation will unfold. This will range from the individual level (e.g. individuals’ adherence to official guidelines) to the group level (e.g. how small and larger groups will regulate their behaviour and norms to limit...