1st Edition

Coping with Covid Insights from Cognition and Emotion Research

Edited By Sander L Koole, Klaus Rothermund Copyright 2025
    172 Pages
    by Routledge

    This book addresses how coping with the pandemic has been shaped by the interplay between cognition and emotion. The various contributions to this book explore the impacts of the pandemic on: a) How people were confronted with new risks and realities; b) Active processes of emotional resilience and ruminative coping; and c) Moral decision-making.

    Taken together, the chapters in this volume show how research on cognition and emotion can illuminate the social and emotional strains of the pandemic, while helping to identify risk factors that exacerbate these problems and pointing to ways to successfully address and mitigate these problems, such as emotion regulation, social support, and perspective taking.

    This book is a valuable source for students and researchers in the fields of cognitive and affective sciences including social and clinical psychology. The chapters in this book were originally published as a special issue of Cognition and Emotion.

    Introduction - Coping with COVID-19: Insights from cognition and emotion research

    Sander L. Koole and Klaus Rothermund


    Part I: Risks and Realities


    1. Psychological trauma and emotional upheaval as revealed in academic writing: The case of COVID-19

    David M. Markowitz


    2. Pandemic reminders as psychological threat: Thinking about COVID-19 lowers coping self-Efficacy among trauma-exposed adults

    McKenzie Lockett, Tom Pyszczynski and Sander L. Koole


    3. Emotion networks across self-reported depression levels during the COVID-19 pandemic

    Aoife Whiston, Eric R. Igou and Dónal G. Fortune


    4. The impact of COVID-19 social isolation on aspects of emotional and social cognition

    Amy Rachel Bland, Jonathan Paul Roiser, Mitul Ashok Mehta, Barbara Jacquelyn Sahakian, Trevor William Robbins and Rebecca Elliott


    5. (Un)mask yourself! Effects of face masks on facial mimicry and emotion perception during the COVID-19 pandemic

    Till Kastendieck, Stephan Zillmer and Ursula Hess


    Part II: Resilience and Rumination


    6. Narrative coherence predicts emotional well-being during the COVID-19 pandemic: A two-year longitudinal study

    Lauranne Vanaken, Patricia Bijttebier, Robyn Fivush and Dirk Hermans


    7. The effect of induced COVID-19-related fear on psychological distance and time perception

    Iris Schelhorn, Emily Buchner, Ferdinand Kosak, Fabian Hutmacher, Max Kinateder and Youssef Shiban


    8. The effects of rumination on internalising symptoms in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic among mothers and their offspring: A brief report

    Hannah R. Duttweiler, Michelle K. Sheena, Katie L. Burkhouse and Cope Feurer


    9. Emotion regulation during the COVID-19 pandemic: Risk and resilience factors for parental burnout (IIPB)

    Dana Vertsberger, Isabelle Roskam, Anat Talmon, Hedwig van Bakel, Ruby Hall, Moïra Mikolajczak and James J. Gross


    Part III: Righteous Reasoning


    10. Coronashaming: Interpersonal affect worsening in contexts of COVID-19 rule violations

    Belén López-Pérez, Yaniv Hanoch and Michaela Gummerum


    11. Reactance, morality, and disgust: The relationship between affective dispositions and compliance with official health recommendations during the COVID-19 pandemic

    Rodrigo Díaz and Florian Cova


    12. Trolleys, triage and Covid-19: The role of psychological realism in sacrificial dilemmas

    Markus Kneer and Ivar R. Hannikainen



    Sander L. Koole is Full Professor at the Department of Clinical Psychology, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and Editor-in-Chief at Cognition & Emotion. His research examines how people manage their emotions. His latest work focuses on the use of AI to help people to manage their emotions more effectively.


    Klaus Rothermund is Full Professor and Chair of General Psychology at the Friedrich-Schiller-University of Jena, Germany. His main areas of interest are basic cognitive and affective processes and their relation to superordinate processes of emotion regulation, action control, and coping.