Scientist: John Drury

John Drury ESMH scientistProfessor John Drury is a Professor of Social Psychology and Director of Research and Knowledge Exchange in the School of Psychology at the University of Sussex, UK. His research interests focus on collective behaviour in mass emergencies, riots, and other crowd events. Professor Drury is also a member of the UK Independent Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (Independent SAGE), the UK Scientific Pandemic Influenza Group on Behavioural Science (SPI-B): 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), and the British Psychological Societys Community Action and Resilience working group (CAR).

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How the coronavirus pandemic is changing us

These stressful and unprecedented circumstances we are living in due to the current pandemic have a deep internal effect on us, which is altering who we are as individuals, our relationships with others, and how we perceive our place in society. Even our brain's hippocampus may have shrunk — but are these changes in our brains and behaviour short-term effects or could they change us and society more profoundly?

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A scientist’s opinion: Interview with Professor John Drury about changes in social identity during COVID-19

Social identity and collective behaviour in mass emergencies, a scientist’s opinion Interview with John Drury, Professor of Social Psychology and Director of Research and Knowledge Exchange in the School of Psychology at the University of Sussex, UK. How does our social identity change during mass emergencies and disasters, and in times of a pandemic such ...