Coronavirus – Psychological perspectives
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The British Psychological Society response
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There have been several live webinars, now hosted on the BPS YouTube channel. (including one hosted by our editor Dr Jon Sutton, 'Towards the new normal, and beyond', which you can watch by clicking the image above or visiting http://tinyurl.com/BPSnewnormal).
"We had to bring people together"
Ella Rhodes hears from British Psychological Society President David Murphy and others about co-ordinating the BPS and frontline response.
Society comes together while apart
Ella Rhodes speaks to some of the British Psychological Society members working on its response to coronavirus.
The public response
The truth about panic
Stephen Reicher, John Drury and Clifford Stott on narratives around buying.
'What is remarkable about what we've achieved is that it's unremarkable'
Carl Walker seeks to make sense of the mutual aid response to coronavirus, and how to sustain it in an era of entrenched inequality.
The outbreak shows us the psychological makeup of our society
Dr Evangelos Ntontis Lecturer in Social Psychology (Canterbury Christ Church University)
OK, Not-OK in times of pandemic
Giovanni Felice Pace takes an existential perspective.
How will you help to sustain collective efficacy?
Daniella Watson has personally and professionally been part of the collective response to Covid-19.
Can we make jokes about coronavirus?
Sophie Scott on the time for humour in response to crisis.
Led by the science?
‘All interventions must stand up to scientific scrutiny’
Ella Rhodes hears from Professor Brooke Rogers OBE
Social psychology of the coronavirus: Will flies save us?
Olivier Klein on the role of 'nudge theory' in the UK government response.
Informing and translating the evidence base
'We need a certain amount of humility'
We hear from Stuart Ritchie about his concerns around the communication of psychological research during the coronavirus crisis.
Keep calm, and listen to the experts
The virus itself
Kavita Vedhara on the fascinating world of vaccine adjuvants and more.
Evelina Thunell, Asifa Majid and Johan N. Lundström
How do we ensure the responsible and practical use of PPE?
Sandra Lovell on the place of Personal Protective Equipment in safety controls for Covid-19.
Coronavirus: why prison conditions can be a perfect storm for spreading disease
Anita Mehay (Research Fellow and Health Psychologist, UCL), Jane Ogden (Professor of Health Psychology, University of Surrey) and Rosie Meek (Professor of Criminology & Psychology, Royal Holloway).
Jennifer E. Symonds considers whether lockdown can actually improve your mental health and wellbeing.
'Supported isolation is likely to be particularly stressful'
Our journalist Ella Rhodes spoke to Dr Holly Carter and Dr Dale Weston, Public Health England.
It's (virtual) happy hour again
Emma Davies and James Morris on alcohol during isolation.
All in this together?
Dominic Conroy and Emily Nicholls on health behaviour changes during and beyond lockdown.
What does the pandemic mean for gender equality?
Terri Apter writes; including a 'part two' on work-life balance.
Craig Jackson is concerned for those who already have issues with handwashing.
Coping with life in isolation and confinement during the Covid-19 outbreak
Nathan Smith and Emma Barrett look to extreme environments for tips. See also their 'Support the workers' initiative, with many other experts in disaster response, crisis psychology and more.
Transitions with the Aging Rebels
Nancy K. Schlossberg with a personal and professional perspective on pandemic transitions for more senior people.
Keeping our distance
Holly Carter, Dale Weston, Clifford Stott, and Richard Amlôt on evidence-based strategies to promote adherence to COVID-19 social distancing measures.
Researching during the crisis
How psychology researchers are responding to the COVID-19 pandemic
Matthew Warren for our Research Digest.
Family research just got harder… and more important
Bonamy Oliver and Alison Pike on the need for study, how pandemic measures have affected it, and a possible solution.
'It felt vain and tone deaf to care about my PhD at all'
Emma Smith on the challenges of ongoing research during a global crisis.
RAMPing up a multidisciplinary understanding of Covid-19 impact
The Repeated Assessment of Mental health in Pandemics (RAMP) Study.
Time to embrace IM?
Taryn Talbott reflects on using Instant Messaging to conduct qualitative research remotely.
‘We cannot know where those lines of research will take us’
Liuba Papeo is prompted to reevaluate her life’s work…
Rebecca Graber on why (and how) to do community-oriented psychology research during Covid-19.
Towards the new normal
Occupational wellbeing amidst a global health pandemic
Sarah Pickup with reflections on past, present and future.
The Benefits Project in Covid times
Will increased exposure to the benefits system in the wake of Covid-19 increase empathy for claimants? Kelly Camilleri, Katie Voss and Vicki Weare.
Children on the coronavirus
Dr Gail Sinitsky and Dr. May Lene Karlsen on how children should co-construct their ‘new normal’.
What do children think is 'normal'?
Janet Empson on children’s views of the coronavirus pandemic.
All change at school – a signpost to a good transition
Educational Psychologist Elizabeth Gillies considers models to help children deal with unexpected forks in the road.
Human animal relations in the new normal
Susan Brannick on a potentially neglected field.
Living with restrictions: Perspectives from a neurorehabilitation service
Lorraine Crawley learns from her clients in uncertain times.
A time for 'tragic optimism'?
Coralee Pringle-Nelson on post-traumatic growth.
‘Living wages are crucial now more than ever’
Ishbel McWha-Hermann and Rosalind Searle rethink poverty in the light of Covid-19.
Sustainable transport after lockdown through changing habits
Colm Mulcahy on the role of habitual behaviours in sustainable transport post-lockdown.
Surviving in the present, thriving in the future?
Maria Gialama and Sinead McGilloway on meeting the psychosocial needs of refugee children/young people during Covid-19.
The psychology of physical distancing
As lockdown rules ease in the UK but distancing guidance remains in place, how can we use group norms to make distancing easier for people at mass gatherings? John Drury, Stephen Reicher and Nick Hopkins have some advice.
Dr Rowena Hill is a psychologist from Nottingham Trent University now seconded full-time to the cross-governmental C19 National Foresight Group. On 1 May, our editor Jon Sutton spoke with her from lockdown.
Living through a shared crisis with a client
Letticia Banton with reflections from a wounded-healer relational psychotherapy perspective.
The ‘new normal’ in parenting support?
Nicole Gridley on the use of virtual spaces.
A new understanding of stigmatised groups?
Natasha Hill, Hannah Jerome and Anna Smith consider the impact of Covid-19 on vulnerable bariatric patients.
Digitally-mediated team communication in pandemic times and beyond
Lauren Jones on emerging lessons from the 'Somehow' project.
A letter to Psychology: Grieving the old, accepting the new
Elizabeth Haines, Lauren Taylor, Rachel Ison, Sarah Dunstan, Sarah Hollingsworth, Jessica Blumsom, Holly Ellerton and Danielle Hills.
Richard Pemberton and Tony Wainwright on using the lessons of Covid-19 to move on.
'You need it more than I do'
Olivia Sutton considers why hospital staff aren’t using the psychology support provided.
'Gerald seemed so remote when it came to talking about his feelings'
Stephen Blumenthal on gender relations coming out of lockdown.
'There is a balance between their fears and their sense of duty'
Ella Rhodes hears from Dr Julie Highfield about supporting intensive care units.
When two worlds collide: values and morality
Janice Smith on the challenges of an acceptance-based approach with frontline health staff.
Bereavement and loss
When the world is grieving, don’t walk on eggshells
Health Psychologist Angel Chater has spoken openly about bereavement over the last two decades. Here, she urges society to recognise and be open about loss.
Grieving at a social distance
Angelina Archer on bereavement during the coronavirus pandemic.
Making meaning, and making art
Making meaning in the midst of threat
Erin Beal on terror management and moving beyond existential crisis in ‘unprecedented times’.
Mental health literature in the time of coronavirus
Jerome Carson and colleagues on 'first person' accounts.
The virtue to survive
Nisha Pushpararajah with a personal perspective grounded in collectivism.
Tales of the unexpected
Sue Shea and Robin Wynyard on the 'day after', and whether major psychological theories are fit for purpose in such unusual times.
Cultivating wellbeing and mental health through gardening
Vaithehy Shanmuganathan-Felton, Luke Felton, Celia Briseid and Betty Maitland.
'Every stitch and row is a small win'
Lynne Rothwell on the benefits of knitting and other crafts during lockdown.
Health Psychologist Karen Rodham gets creative during lockdown.
Nicholas Sarantakis draws at the ‘crossroads of the unconscious’.
The ambiguous crossroad
Imogen Mathews reflects on the themes and evidence underlying her artwork.
Towards the 'new normal', and beyond…
Our editor Dr Jon Sutton hosted a live webinar on 5 May to discuss 'the new normal, and beyond'. Speakers were Dr Rowena Hill (seconded to the Government's cross-departmental C19 foresight group), Professor Susan Michie (Professor of Health Psychology and Director of the UCL Centre for Behaviour Change) and Kathryn Scott (the British Psychological Society's Director of Policy). You can watch the recording at http://tinyurl.com/BPSnewnormal (or simply by clicking the image above).
See also our call for contributions to a special summer edition.
See also our collection of links to coverage elsewhere.
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