Self-isolation can be boring and lonely.
Online pornography is one business that's booming during the coronavirus pandemic. A psychology researcher explains its pull and whether there are likely to be longer-term effects of this surge in use.
Take a note from older couples who know how to do it right.
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Cooped up with a partner and nowhere to go to break it up? Coronavirus social distancing... or another day in retirement? Research on older couples holds tips for everyone else on how to deal.
If we are not careful, the coronavirus pandemic could lead to a rise in xenophobic attitudes.
People clap from a balcony during a collective scheduled clapping event in honor of workers of the sanitary and health sector in Orense, northwest Spain, 29 March 2020.
Clapping is the auditory equivalent of a group hug, according to neuroscience.
Pick the mindset that makes you better able to respond.
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A global pandemic is anxiety-provoking for most people. But modifying the way you perceive the situation can set you up to deal with it more effectively.
In scary and uncertain times, having a stockpile can feel soothing.
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Faced with uncertain and anxious times, brains send out instructions to start stockpiling supplies – whether you're a person facing a pandemic, or a rodent prepping for a long winter.
Go on! Read a good book, tickle your kids, pick a flower from your garden. We need to savour these tiny moments of pleasure to ease the stress we all face.
How we construct our beliefs about the world shape how we react to it.
Neighbours chat from their balconies during another day of isolation in Madrid.
The virus has put life on hold for many around the world.
Unless danger is flashing before us, we view risks through rose-colored glasses.
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Humans tend to downplay their own susceptibility to being harmed – an attitude of 'it won't happen to me' that could be hindering the collective response to the pandemic.
Pride parade in London 2017.
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One in three Polish people believe in a 'gender conspiracy', according to new reserach.
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We find out what psychological factors influence whether you believe in conspiracy theories or not.
‘Just going to check instagram’.
Rehearse how you will respond to interruptions.
Apart from their functional purpose, products can also impact how we feel, both about ourselves and our situation.
No more hugs?
Touch is essential to wellbeing, so we must make an effort not to associate it with negative feelings once the corona outbreak is over.
The only way around psychological biases is more transparency.
It’s hard not to be scared of an invisible and spreading threat.
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It can feel like everyone is stewing in anxiety about COVID-19 and seeing other people freak out can make you freak out more. A psychiatrist explains this phenomenon, and how to keep it in check.
There are ways to strengthen bonds while keeping physical distance.
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Physically isolating yourself can feel psychologically isolating too. But there are ways to maintain connections in these crazy coronavirus times.
Pete Buttigieg speaks with members of the media on March 1 in Plains, Georgia.
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Research on stigma and discrimination – and LGBTQ people's own stories – can help Americans make sense of Pete Buttigieg's historic candidacy.
‘Who thought that?’
The captain of a ship, or a soul, doesn't sail while ignoring the wind – sometimes they go with it, sometimes against it, but they always account for it.