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The World Health Organization (WHO) characterised COVID-19 as a pandemic on 11 March 2020 and countries around the world are putting measures in place to combat the spread of coronavirus. How do psychological factors influence the spread of pandemic infection and the associated emotional distress and social disruption? In this podcast, Dr Raj Persaud talks to Professor Steven Taylor about his recently published book offering a comprehensive analysis of the psychology of pandemics.
Date published: 24 March 2020
Presenter: Dr Raj
Interviewees: Professor Steven Taylor
Audio running time: 39 minutes
By the end of this podcast, we hope you will have
gained an understanding of:
the importance of human behaviour and
psychology in the containment versus spreading of
the history of
pandemics and the links with our behavioural immune
system and perceived vulnerability to disease
vulnerabilities to the stresses of pandemics and
individual coping strategies
the psychology of risk
the impact of pandemics
on mental health.
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