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Epidemic Psychology in COVID-19

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In a new paper published in the journal Nature, a group of researchers find that Strong’s ideas were correct—and may put us into a Hobbesian war of all against all, if we’re not careful. According to an analysis of tweets, the pandemic has thrown our emotions into a cycle of avoidance, fear, and acceptance. In total, what the researchers offer is a way to quantify the human psychological response to the pandemic through language. Perhaps one day, this social data mining framework may be used to understand psychological epidemics and, through targeted public health campaigns, drive people en masse toward more positive outcomes.

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TitleResearchers have identified the 3 stages of pandemic emotions
Degree of recognitionInternational
Media name/outletFastCompany
Media typeWeb
CountryUnited States
Date28/07/2021
DescriptionAccording to an analysis of tweets, the pandemic has thrown our emotions into a cycle of avoidance, fear, and acceptance.
URLhttps://www.fastcompany.com/90659372/pandemic-emotions-research-twitter
PersonsLuca Maria Aiello
Title3 stages of pandemic emotions: Researchers comb through tweets to identify how attitudes spread online
Degree of recognitionLocal
Media name/outletBecker's Hospital review
Media typeWeb
CountryUnited States
Date28/07/2021
DescriptionA group of researchers from Nokia Bell Labs in Cambridge, U.K.; IT University in Copenhagen, Denmark; and Centre for Urban Science and Progress at King's College London, recently published a paper in Nature journal exploring "epidemic psychology" in relation to COVID-19. They found that three specific phases emerged continuously throughout the time period: refusal, anger and acceptance. When it first began, people refused to believe the pandemic was real. Then people became angry when the first Americans died from the virus and restrictions were put in place. As time went on, anger slowly faded into acceptance but still recurred and spiked with each wave of cases.
URLhttps://www.beckershospitalreview.com/digital-marketing/3-stages-of-pandemic-emotions-researchers-comb-through-tweets-to-identify-how-attitudes-spread-online.html
PersonsLuca Maria Aiello

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In a new paper published in the journal Nature, a group of researchers find that Strong’s ideas were correct—and may put us into a Hobbesian war of all against all, if we’re not careful. According to an analysis of tweets, the pandemic has thrown our emotions into a cycle of avoidance, fear, and acceptance. In total, what the researchers offer is a way to quantify the human psychological response to the pandemic through language. Perhaps one day, this social data mining framework may be used to understand psychological epidemics and, through targeted public health campaigns, drive people en masse toward more positive outcomes.

Period28 Jul 2021

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