ATTENTION! The official conference time is Central European Summer Time (CEST),

UTC +2 (Berlin/Paris/Zürich/Amsterdam)



22nd July 2020



An introduction by Prof. Merle Fairhurst and the organising commitee
A greeting by Prof. Karl-Heinz Renner, Dean Of Students, Universität der Bundeswehr München - Faculty of Human Sciences

10:30 Dr. Tim Loepthien (Bundeswehr University, Munich, Germany)Music in the Face of Pandemic: Listening to music and coping in times of the COVID-19 pandemic

11:00 Dr. Rachel C. Sumner (HERA Lab, University of Gloucestershire, Cheltenham, UK), Dr. Elaine L. Kinsella (Rise Lab, University of Limerick, Limerick, Republic of Ireland):Grace Under Pressure: Resilience, wellbeing, and burnout in frontline workers in the UK and Ireland during the SARS-Cov-2 pandemic

11:30 Dr. Hansika Kapoor, Anirudh Tagat (Monk Prayogshala, Mumbai, India): Worry Much? Preventive Health Behaviours Related to Worry Across Countries Amid COVID-19

12:00 Dr. Valerie van Mulukom (Coventry University, UK):The Psychological Impact of Lockdown During the COVID-19 Pandemic


13:00 Dr. Hila Z. Gvirts Problovsk (Department of Behavioral Sciences and Psychology, Ariel University, Israel)The Balcony Party – Mitigation of social isolation during the coronavirus outbreak

13:30 Prof. Gerit Pfuhl (UiT The Arctic University of Norway): Perceived efficacy, mental health and paranoia during the COVID-19 outbreak: insights from a cross-national survey

14:00 Dr. Laura Aymerich-Franch, Dr. Iliana Ferrer (Pompeu Fabra University, Barcelona, Spain): Reaching out when humans can’t: the role of social robots as caregivers during the pandemic

14:30 Prof. Micah Allen (Aarhus Institute for Advanced Study, Denmark): Interoceptive experience during the pandemic lockdown

15:00 Prof. Aikaterini Fotopoulou (University College London, UK), Dr. Louise P. Kirsch (Sorbonne Université, France), Mariana von Mohr (University of London, UK): Social Touch in times of social distancing

15:30 Dr. Alexandra Mellis (New York University, USA): Assessing the Impact of COVID-19 on Health Behaviors and Mental Health in a NYC-focused Cohort

16:00 Hui Bai (University of Minnesota Twin Cities, USA): Who Bought All the Toilet Paper? Conspiracy Theorists Are More Likely to Stockpile During the COVID-19 Pandemic

16:30 Prof. Ophelia Deroy (Ludwig Maximilian University, Munich, Germany / School of Advanced Study, London, UK): The social dimension of social distancing



23rd July 2020



10:30 Dr. Sarah Cassidy (University of Nottingham, UK):Social belonging and connections in uncertain times

11:00 Dr. Bahar Tuncgenc (Nottingham University, UK): Herd security: The social dynamics of distancing behaviour

11:30 Prof. Bruno Arpino (University of Firenze, Italy): Physically distant but socially close? Intergenerational relationships and mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic

12:00 Prof. Merle Fairhurst (Bundeswehr University, Munich / Ludwig Maximilian University, Munich, Germany): Who we miss touching and why we feel lonely


13:00 Dr. Frank Kachanoff (The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA): Realistic and Symbolic Threats of COVID-19 and their Unique Impacts on Wellbeing and Adherence to Public Health Behaviors

13:30 Dr. David Schieferdecker (Freie Universität Berlin, Germany): Media and communication routines as antecedants and outcomes of individuals' coping with the COVID-19 pandemic

14:00 Prof. James W. Pennebaker, Ashwini Ashokkumar (University of Texas at Austin, USA): The Unfolding of the COVID outbreak: Shifts in emotions, thought patterns, and social connections

14:30 Dr. Stephanie Godleski, Dr. Ammina Kothari (Rochester Institute of Technology, USA): Young adults use of social media for mental health support during COVID-19 pandemic

15:00 Laura K. Globig (University College London, UK): Perceptions of Personal and Public Risk: Dissociable effects on behavior and well-being

15:30 Joseph Heffner (Brown University, Providence, USA): Emotional mechanisms support prosocial, but not threat, appeals regarding COVID-19

16:00 Prof. Ralph Adolphs (Caltech University, Pasadena, USA), Dr. Damian Stanley (Adelphi University, Garden City, USA): Psychological change in the time of COVID19: Probing the dynamics of emotional and social attitudes across the pandemic

16:30 Prof. Francis McGlone (Liverpool John Moores University, UK):Touch: only in its absence have we appreciated its role in our presence



24th July 2020



10:00 Dr. Alexander English (Shanghai Intercultural Institute, Shanghai International Studies University, China): Facemasks and Lockdowns: A move toward a new global norm?

10:30 Prof. Elena V. Leonova (Kaluga State University, Russia): Distance Learning in Russia during the Pandemic: Parents and Children

11:00 Dr. Nina Weber (King’s College London, UK):When are lockdowns worth it? People's valuations over lives saved and the COVID-19 health-wealth trade-off

11:30 Prof. Pete Lunn (Economic and Social Research Institute & Trinity College Dublin, Republic of Ireland): Testing Perceptions of the Roadmap for Lifting Lockdown Restrictions during the COVID-19 Pandemic

12:00 Dr. Ben Kenward (Oxford Brookes University, UK): Even Conservative Voters Prefer the Environment to be at the Heart of Post-COVID-19 Economic Reconstruction in the UK


13:00 Prof. Ulrike Hahn (Birkbeck, University of London, UK)Building an online community for Behavioural Science COVID-19 response

13:30 Prof. Jay van Bavel (New York University, USA): Using social and behavioural science to support COVID-19 pandemic response

14:00 Dr. Franziska Knolle (Neuroradiology, Technical University Munich, Germany & Dept. of Psychiatry, University of Cambridge, UK): The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on mental health – a country comparison between Germany and the UK

14:30 Dr. Jayanth Narayanan (National University of Singapore, China): Mindfulness Buffers the Impact of COVID-19 Stress on Sleep and Work Outcomes: Evidence from Two Studies

15:00 Prof. Kevin Fitzpatrick (University of Arkansas, USA): Fear and Uncertainty in the Midst of the COVID-19 Pandemic: Understanding the Mental Health Consequences for a U.S. Adult Population

15:30 Dr. Beth Redbird (Northwestern University, Evanston, USA): TBC (Income, stress, and community attachment)

16:00 Dr. Runjing Lu (University of Alberta, Canada): From Fear to Hate: How the Covid-19 Pandemic Sparks Racial Animus in the United States

16:30 Prof. Daniele Fallin (Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore, USA):Mental Health During and After the Pandemic