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EASP – European Association of Social Psychology

Call for Special Issue on Psychology and COVID19

20.10.2020, by Tina Keil in call for papers

Psychologica Belgica, the journal of the Belgian Association for Psychological Sciences; Submission deadline: December 31st, 2020

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The COVID19 pandemic urges us all to change our health behaviours and related social behaviours at a neck-breaking speed. Psychology can help understand when and why people adopt preventive or resilient behaviour and provide guidance on how to enable behavioural change and deal with psycho-social consequences of the pandemic. This call for a special issue welcomes all contributions that shed light on how psychology can explain and help promote preventive behaviours in response COVID19, for instance, the (non)adoption of behaviour to protect ourselves and others from getting infected and its integration in our daily lives.

Apart from the immediate threat to public health, the pandemic has fuelled economic and social stressors, further exacerbated by confinement measures to restrain the spread of the virus. Even now, after confinement has been partially lifted, long-term effects of the pandemic on individuals, communities, and societies as a whole are still insufficiently understood. We invite contributions that provide new insights into individual or collective behaviour, cognition, motivation and emotion in response to the pandemic and the confinement measures, and that, potentially, improve our ability to respond to future pandemics and/or to include vulnerable groups.

Authors are encouraged to discuss and report research findings investigating different levels of analysis, also paying attention to the social ecologies in which behavioural change is embedded. The call is not limited to any specific population, and values contributions that consider intergroup asymmetries underlying adoption of adaptive behaviours. Manuscripts can include empirical notes, regular empirical articles (qualitative, quantitative), and integrative reviews.

Possible topics (but not limited to), in relation to COVID19: Determinants of protective, prosocial or resilient behaviour Adoption and maintenance of health, prosocial or resilient behaviour Health communication Health literacy and health information processing Health and social inequality Inclusion of vulnerable groups Changing dynamics in social, family and work relations Psychopathology Mental health and wellbeing Adjusted treatment during times of covid19 (e.g. eMental Health) Caregiver/health care professional burden Decision making Cognitive functioning Memory Future-oriented thinking Attention training

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Guest editors: Ann DeSmet, Céline Douilliez, Karen Phalet, & Stephan Van den Broucke