Psychological change in the time of COVID19: Probing the dynamics of emotional and social attitudes across the pandemic.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, face-to-face subject testing on our Conte Center has temporarily ceased.  In addition to focusing on data analyses, we are however continuing data collection— albeit over the internet.

In order best to capitalize on the effects produced by the COVID-19 pandemic, and in order to provide results that could inform public health policy related to COVID-19, we have begun an ambitious project to test longitudinally our Conte Center participants, and a set of 1000 reference subjects recruited de novo from the United States over the internet.  Data collection began on April 5, 2020, and we plan to have approximately weekly testing.  Each session takes about one hour.

The findings will expand our knowledge of social decision-making in several ways.  First, we will quantify social behavior in response to a real-world event.  Second, we will quantify decision-making through online tasks.  Third, we will quantify a particular contribution to social decision-making that has been underemphasized in our Conte Center so far, but is no less important: the contribution of implicit affective biases.


These results will be especially informative for the last Aims in many of the Conte Center Projects: to quantify individual differences.  Not only will this internet-based inventory give us a much richer characterization of individual differences, but it will also give us a preliminary view of how individual differences can change longitudinally over time, when people are placed in drastic changes in their real-world environment.