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June 4, 2020

Scientists look at perceptions & behaviors

This national study of more than 6,000 Americans examines the emotional, cognitive, and behavioral responses to the COVID-19 outbreak and how these early responses shape outcomes over time. The scientists are examining how widespread media coverage of the COVID-19 outbreak is associated with acute stress responses to the threat, its success or failure in affording people the information needed to understand the threat, and how cognitive and affective processes shape risk assessments, behavioral responses, and mental health outcomes. This project is unique in studying the effects of risk perceptions, health protective behaviors, and acute stress on adjustment as an ambiguous global health threat unfolds.

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