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Health & Humanities Research Seminar: Tracking the Social & Psychological Footprints of COVID

Location: Zoom

Date: Monday, December 6, 2021

Time: 4–5:30 p.m.

Contact: Phillip Barrish

About the Event

In the final installment of the Health and Humanities Research Seminar for 2021, James Pennebaker, Ph.D., presents “Tracking the Social and Psychological Footprints of COVID.” Pennebaker’s presentation will focus on how Covid, beyond being a massive health crisis, turned our social worlds upside down. Using social media and surveys, his research was able to track hundreds of thousands of people to determine how their social and psychological lives changed as COVID unfolded. As with the 1918 influenza pandemic, COVID has spurred higher rates of anxiety, social unrest and a rethinking of many of our core values. Pennebaker will speak for about 30 minutes, followed by an equal amount of time for Q&A and group discussion.

Pennebaker is the Regents Centennial Professor of liberal arts and professor of psychology at UT Austin. He and his students explore natural language use, group dynamics and personality in both laboratory and real-world settings. His earlier work on expressive writing found that physical health and work performance can improve by simple writing and/or talking exercises. Author or editor of 12 books and over 300 articles, he has received numerous research and teaching awards and honors.

Register for the event.

For additional information, email Phillip Barrish.

This event is presented by the Department of Medical Education at Dell Medical School and the Humanities Institute at The University of Texas at Austin.