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What WAS that Masked Man Saying? How Wearing a Mask May Influence Our Interactions with Other People

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We know that masks can reduce COVID-19 transmission, but how are they affecting our ability to communicate with each other? A psychologist who studies how well people understand each other offers some speculations.

Two Reasons Why COVID-19 May Help Donald Trump Get Re-elected

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COVID-19 may help Trump for two reasons: COVID-19 is killing many more people in blue states than in red states, and death promotes political conservatism.

Will the Pandemic Change Political Attitudes?

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Science weighs in on whether the crisis caused by COVID-19 will likely lead to increased socialism, liberalism, conservatism, racism, and/or xenophobia.

COVID-19 and a Hope for Unity

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Could COVID-19 be like the extra-terrestrials in alien-invasion movies—a precursor of hope?

The Misfortune of Being Fortunate

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Sometimes being spared suffering can take its own toll on mental health.

You Can Agree to Disagree (or Not)

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Surprisingly, some people who are certain that their views are correct are also tolerant of those with different perspectives.

“Let’s Stay Safe; Please Keep Your Distance”: How to Politely Ask Other People to Maintain Social Distance

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In our efforts to maintain social distance, asking other people to stay a safe distance away can be awkward and difficult. But research on how people make and interpret requests offers a solution.

What Research on Isolated Groups Tells Us about Dealing with Social Isolation in the Face of COVID-19

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Sequestering ourselves during the coronavirus pandemic is stressful and challenging, but social psychology provides hints about how to manage.