News from 2022
Going home for the holidays? How to navigate conflict and deal with difficult people
The holiday season is upon us and for many that means all the tension that comes with it. This time of year can be a minefield of uncomfortable moments, disagreement and outright conflict. It’s no wonder many young people are apprehensive about returning home for the holidays after living far away.
Dreading seeing COVID conspiracy-spreading relatives this Christmas? Here’s why you may have ignored their misinformation in the family group chat all year
Christmas is just around the corner and though it’s time to enjoy the family coming together, you may be dreading seeing that one relative that can’t help but bring up COVID-19 conspiracy theories.
Procrastination: the cognitive biases that enable it – and why it’s sometimes useful
Are you procrastinating? I am. I have been delaying writing this article for the last few days even though I knew I had a deadline. I have scrolled through social media, and I have gone down a rabbit hole looking up houses on Rightmove – even though I do not need a new house.
Emotional labour: what it is – and why it falls to women in the workplace and at home
Have you ever been asked to make a cup of tea for your colleagues in the workplace? A recent survey commissioned by Samsung of around 2,000 employees in the UK showed that this is about three times more likely to happen to you if you are a woman.
Hospice licenses training resources developed by Loughborough academics that teach healthcare workers how to engage people in end-of-life talk
Communication training resources that teach healthcare and social care practitioners how to engage people in end-of-life talk will help even more patients and their family members, thanks to a new licensing deal.
Not calling out friends’ and family’s COVID-19 vaccine falsehoods on WhatsApp can further the spread of misinformation – here’s why we don’t correct them
When people see COVID-19 vaccine misinformation on online personal messaging platforms and don’t speak up, this can boost the legitimacy of false claims and further their spread. So why don’t we correct our peers?
School of Social Sciences and Humanities academics awarded grant for research project on Pandemic Communication in times of Populism
Professor of Media and Cultural Analysis, Sabina Mihelj, and Senior Lecturer Dr Vaclav Stetka have been awarded an ESRC/Transatlantic Partnership grant, worth c. £700,000, to conduct a project entitled ‘Pandemic Communication in Times of Populism: Building Resilient Media and Ensuring Effective Pandemic Communication in Divided Societies’.
COVID misinformation is a health risk – tech companies need to remove harmful content not tweak their algorithms
Many worldwide have now caught COVID. But during the pandemic many more are likely to have encountered something else that’s been spreading virally: misinformation. False information has plagued the COVID response, erroneously convincing people that the virus isn’t harmful, of the merits of various ineffective treatments, or of false dangers associated with vaccines.