Webinar: The impact of information (and misinformation) on mental health and wellbeing during the COVID-19 pandemic

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The Research School of Psychology at the Australian National University, along with the Black Dog Institute, hosted a free webinar on 'The impact of information (and misinformation) on mental health and wellbeing during the COVID-19 Pandemic'. This is a recording of the webinar held on 21 May 2020.

This practical webinar looks at how we consume information, ways we can manage misinformation and explore the associated links between general wellbeing and mental health.

This is an inter-disciplinary webinar, and draws on experts from the disciplines of Sociology, Psychology, Medicine and Epidemiology in a conversation facilitated by Associate Professor Bruce Christensen from the Research School of Psychology.

This webinar covers:

  • How information travels online
  • How to separate facts from fiction
  • Social media consumption and anxiety
  • Challenges of science communication in the context of COVID-19

 

Panel of Presenters

Robert Ackland is a Professor in the School of Sociology at the Australian National University (ANU). Dr Ackland specialises in computational social science and the social science of the Internet. Dr Ackland leads the Virtual Observatory for the Study of Online Networks lab and teaches courses on online research methods and the digital economy and society.

Eryn Newman is a Cognitive Psychologist and Lecturer in the Research School of Psychology at the Australian National University. Dr Newman's research focuses on the ways that memory and belief can go awry, and how various cognitive biases influence the way we evaluate information around us.

Jan Orman is a General Practitioner Services Consultant at the Black Dog Institute. In addition to her clinical work as a GP, Dr Orman has worked for the last 10 years as a facilitator in the Black Dog Institute's Professional Education team, teaching GPs and allied health professionals about various aspects of managing mood disorders.

Kathryn Glass is an Associate Professor in the Research School of Population Health at the Australian National University.

Webinar Facilitator

Bruce Christensen is an Associate Professor, Director of Professional Programs for the Research School of Psychology at the Australian National University. Dr Christensen has extensive experience as a Clinical Psychologist and Clinical Neuropsychologist.

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