Professor 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 Society’s Community Action and Resilience working group (CAR).
Scientist: John Drury
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?