Decreased heart rate variability can be observed in people who feel loneliness, show researchers from the Polish Academy of Sciences. This means that even experimentally-induced loneliness can weaken certain physiological reactions and have serious health consequences.
How has belief in individual COVID-19 conspiracy theories changed during the pandemic? Who was more inclined to observe the restrictions? How does the approach to the pandemic differ in different age groups? Psychologists from the University of Warsaw have now presented their results in a joint publication 'COVID-19 pandemic in Poland. Psychological perspective’.
One year after the outbreak of the pandemic, its negative, psychological effects most severely affect young people aged 18-24, according to a report by psychologists from the SWPS University, the Institute of Psychology of the Polish Academy of Sciences and the Indiana University of Pennsylvania.
While fleeting boredom can lead to development and stimulate creativity, chronic boredom can be detrimental to health and well-being: it can be associated with addiction, depression, aggressive car driving or gambling, says psychologist Dr. Michał Chruszczewski from the University of Warsaw.
Over the past year, strategies for coping with stress associated with the pandemic have gradually changed. From June, the strategy of ‘I'm doing what I can to protect myself from the coronavirus’ started to lose popularity. The depressive strategy of ‘I sit in my pyjamas all day’, and the denial strategy 'I do not follow the recommendations’ began to gain in popularity, according to research by Polish psychologists.