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Course Description

The current pandemic influences every aspect of society, from public health and the economy, to politics and education. But let us not forget the wide-ranging psychological effects of COVID-19. In this course, we will explore lessons from psychological science for coping with the crisis and navigating daily life under unprecedented circumstances. Your instructors—one a clinical neuroscientist, one a social psychologist—will combine mini-lectures, guest interviews, and interactive discussions to introduce you to research theories and findings you can apply to your own life in concrete ways. Topics include: strategies for coping with stress; effects of nutrition, sleep, and exercise on mood, anxiety, and immune function; the importance of social connection; getting the most out of remote learning; mental health treatment while socially distancing; confronting bias, misinformation, and conspiracy theories during threatening times. Class will meet for live, synchronous interaction on Zoom, but will also be recorded and posted for later viewing. No previous coursework in psychology required. Assessment will include submitting reading/discussion questions and keeping a course-long journal.

This is a virtual synchronous course that follows the published schedule of course meetings and requires attendance at all sessions. Tufts virtual courses are designed to provide high-quality, flexible, and interactive courses to Tufts and visiting students. For more information about virtual course policies and expectations, please visit

Basic Enrollment Requirements: None

High School students will be prompted to submit an additional application after enrollment including: a high school transcript, letter of recommendation, parental permission, and other required consent forms.

Instructor Approval: Not Required.

Remission Eligible: Yes; first day of term; all university policies apply.

Refund Policy: Course Policy 1

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School of Arts & Sciences