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.