coronavirus

There are two psychologies of relevance to the coronavirus pandemic, and which one we choose to guide policy and practice will play a big part in determining how we get through these difficult days and how we come out from them.

The first psychology sees people as...

Ella Rhodes spoke to some of those psychologists, as well as BPS President David Murphy about the Society’s response. 

'Like many around coronavirus, the penny dropped for me later than it should have done. When it did, I realised normal business as usual had to stop...

The pervasive dread felt during a pandemic is likely to skew one’s outlook. Forecasts tend to be gloomy, and the possibility of positive outcomes is often ignored. So when the question, “Will the pandemic affect women and men equally?” is raised, the predictions, so far, have...

The news last week that off licences had been added to the list of essential retailers, was met with relief by many people who drink alcohol in the UK. As a nation of relatively heavy drinkers in global terms (WHO,...

The coronavirus pandemic presents one of most pressing public health challenges in a generation. The UK government approach is to limit the number of people who have the virus at any one time...

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...