Comparative Optimism about Infection and Recovery From COVID-19; Implications for Adherence with Lockdown Advice – Dr Sasha Scambler and Dr Koula Asimakopoulou, King’s College London

Jul 9, 2021 | health and medicine, King's College London, social and behavioural sciences, trending

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This SciPod is a summary of the open access paper ‘Comparative optimism about infection and
recovery from COVID-19; Implications for adherence with lockdown advice’, published by the journal
Health Expectations.

About this episode

Comparative optimism is the belief that negative events are more likely to happen to others than oneself. Dr Sasha Scambler and Dr Koula Asimakopoulou from King’s College London and their colleagues have recently conducted research exploring how the perceived controllability of events relating to COVID-19 in a large sample of UK-based participants impacts upon their health expectations and potential behaviour during the pandemic.

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Meet the researchers

Dr Koula Asimakopoulou

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