Intimate partner violence has increased during pandemic, emerging evidence suggests

Calls for help to domestic violence shelters have risen during the pandemic, as risk factors for the escalation of violence have gone up. It may be time to implement new strategies to help.

H. Colleen Sinclair, Associate Professor of Social Psychology, Mississippi State University • conversation
yesterday ~6 min

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A radical nature-based agenda would help society overcome the psychological effects of coronavirus

Why structured contact with nature, rolled out with government support, will go a long way to solving the psychological distress of coronavirus.

Matthew Adams, Principal Lecturer in Psychology, University of Brighton • conversation
Oct. 9, 2020 ~8 min

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The loneliness of social isolation can affect your brain and raise dementia risk in older adults

The social isolation older adults are experiencing as they try to stay safe from the coronavirus pandemic is raising new mental health risks, but people can take steps to protect themselves.

Martin J. Sliwinski, Professor of Human Development and Family Studies, Director of the Center for Healthy Aging, Pennsylvania State University • conversation
Aug. 4, 2020 ~9 min

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Social isolation: The COVID-19 pandemic's hidden health risk for older adults, and how to manage it

Social distancing is leaving older Americans more isolated and opening them up to serious health risks.

Matthew Lee Smith, Co-Director of Texas A&M Center for Population Health and Aging, Texas A&M University • conversation
July 6, 2020 ~8 min

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Quarantine bubbles – when done right – limit coronavirus risk and help fight loneliness

People are turning to quarantine bubbles as a way to see friends and family while limiting the risk from the coronavirus. Research shows that this can work, but it's not easy to be in a quaranteam.

Melissa Hawkins, Professor of Public Health, Director of Public Health Scholars Program, American University • conversation
June 17, 2020 ~10 min

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Lockdown singing: the science of why music helps us connect in isolation

When we sing together, our social brains are activated to produce oxytocin, which makes us feel more connected.

Ilanit Gordon, Senior Lecturer in the Department of Psychology and Director of the Social Neuroscience Lab at the Gonda Multidisciplinary Brain Research Center, Bar-Ilan University • conversation
May 1, 2020 ~6 min

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What spiritual retreats can teach us about the challenges of lockdown

Learning from the example of spiritual retreats.

Steve Taylor, Senior Lecturer in Psychology, Leeds Beckett University • conversation
April 28, 2020 ~5 min

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Coronavirus quarantine could provide lessons for future space travel on how regular people weather isolation

Understanding isolation's effects on regular people, rather than those certified to have 'the right stuff,' will help prepare us for the future, whether another pandemic or interplanetary space travel.

Inga Popovaite, Ph.D. Candidate in Sociology, University of Iowa • conversation
April 20, 2020 ~7 min

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Social distancing works – just ask lobsters, ants and vampire bats

Using distance to avoid getting sick has deep evolutionary roots for humans and many other species.

Julia Buck, Assistant Professor of Biology, University of North Carolina Wilmington • conversation
April 3, 2020 ~8 min

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COVID-19 could lead to an epidemic of clinical depression, and the health care system isn't ready for that, either

Stress, loss, loneliness and isolation are key factors in clinical depression, which affects millions. The US was unprepared for COVID-19 – will it remain unprepared for its medical aftermath?

Katherine Manbeck, Doctoral candidate, psychology, University of Washington • conversation
April 1, 2020 ~8 min

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