Society going viral! The psychology of pandemics

19 May 2021, 18:00 - 19:30

Man sitting down on the ground near a blue door. He is wearing a blue coat, white hoodie, jeans and a facemask. He is stroking a ginger and white cat.

ARU’s Societies Research Hub will discuss the psychology of pandemics including: prejudice and altruism to (non)human carriers, health and commuting behaviours under lockdown, resilience in isolation and positive growth post-Covid-19.


Magdalena Zawisza-Riley (panel chair and Hub lead) – will explore psychology of pandemics of fear and kindness and their manifestations in discrimination, prejudice and altruism.

Sarah Gradidge – will consider the history of animal-driven pandemics and their effects on societies’ perceptions of, and prejudice towards, the ‘blamed’ animals and related meat consumption trends.

Shyanne Roeloffs – will discuss how externally imposed environmental changes such as lockdown affect attitudes and beliefs associated with health-related behaviours.

Helen Keyes – will discuss the psychology of post-pandemic commuting and transport alongside relevant lessons from lockdown.

Nicola Gibson - will consider how positive psychology, playfulness and pets can support resilience in the face of a pandemic.

Annelie Harvey – will discuss recent research on the mechanisms behind positive post-traumatic growth in the context of Covid-19 pandemic.

Event presented as part of ARU Discover event series.

Event Details

19 May 2021, 18:00 - 19:30
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