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Tag Archives: lockdown

Human behaviour: what scientists have learned about it from the pandemic

People haven’t been as irrational during the pandemic as some initially thought. Jennifer M. Mason/Shutterstock Stephen Reicher, University of St Andrews During the pandemic, a lot of assumptions were made about how people behave. Many of those assumptions were wrong, and they led to disastrous policies. Several governments worried that their pandemic restrictions would quickly lead to “behavioural fatigue” so …

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How lockdown changed the sex lives of young adults – new research

Liam Wignall, Bournemouth University and Mark McCormack, University of Roehampton Lockdown significantly affected our health (for good and bad), our work and how we socialise. These consequences have been widely discussed, but far less attention has been given to the effect on our sex lives. When lockdown came into force in the UK in March 2020, people from outside the …

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What we learned from tracking every COVID policy in the world

Thomas Hale, University of Oxford In March 2020, as COVID-19 swept around the globe, my colleagues and I began debating the bewildering new measures popping up around the world with our master’s students in a politics of policymaking class at the Blavatnik School of Government at Oxford University. We had a lot of questions. Why were governments doing different things? …

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Lockdown study finds undiagnosed mental health crisis among new mothers

Shutterstock Vicky Fallon, University of Liverpool; Sergio A. Silverio, King’s College London, and Siân Macleod Davies, Liverpool John Moores University New mothers experienced worryingly high rates of depression and anxiety during the first lockdown, our new research has revealed. One of the major contributing factors to them feeling this way was the psychological impact of social distancing measures. Our study …

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Empty cities have long been a post-apocalyptic trope – now, they are a reality

Matt Gush/Shutterstock.com Paul Dobraszczyk, UCL Carry out a Google image search of the phrase “28 Days Later” and among the many stills and publicity images for the 2002 horror film, one will find a scattering of photographs of London taken during the first COVID-19 lockdown in late March and early April 2020. At that time, some Londoners described the emptiness …

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How the pandemic will shape the workplace trends of 2021

Remote working became the new normal in 2020. Elenabsl/Shutterstock Dave Cook, UCL The economist John Maynard Keynes predicted in 1930 that the amount we work would gradually shrink to as little as 15 hours a week as technology made us more productive. Not only did this not happen, but we also began to spend extra time away from home due …

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Coronavirus dreams: how anger, sadness and fear crept in during lockdown – new research

Lockdown isn’t easy. Julia Lockheart DreamsID com, Author provided Mark Blagrove, Swansea University The COVID-19 pandemic has changed nearly every aspect of our lives. Our dreams are no different. Soon after the first lockdowns started, people reported having more dreams than before, with different content. This was explained by the fact that many people were sleeping for longer, and waking …

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Young people reveal the struggles of lockdown – and how they coped

Photographee.eu/Shutterstock Ola Demkowicz, University of Manchester; Alisha O’Neill, University of Manchester; Emma Ashworth, Liverpool John Moores University; Kirsty Pert, University of Manchester, and Terry Hanley, University of Manchester The COVID-19 lockdown upturned the lives of teenagers at a time when they are usually becoming more independent and taking steps toward their future. Instead, they were confined to their homes, exams …

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