People can adapt to a ‘new normal’ quickly, it turns out

Research shows how we adjusted as the pandemic upended everything

Aug 06, 2020

SMITH BRAIN TRUST  Even amid a deadly pandemic, billions of people all over the world have continued to uphold their obligations and responsibilities, the Ladders writes in a recent article highlighting research from Maryland Smith.

It hasn’t always been easy to do. It’s rough focusing on our careers, schoolwork or household chores when risks are all around us. Somehow, however, people have largely found resilience and a way to keep calm and carry on.

Trevor Foulk, assistant professor of management and organization at the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business, and his co-authors explored how they coped. They found that humans are capable of re-establishing a sense of normalcy much faster than one would assume.

Read more at the Ladders, or find out more in this article: Feeling Normal in a Pandemic? Study Has Good News.



About the Expert(s)

Trevor Foulk

Dr. Trevor Foulk is an Assistant Professor of Management & Organization at the Robert H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland. He received his Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior from the Warrington College of Business at the University of Florida, and his Bachelors of Business Administration from the University of Massachusetts.

More In


The Pandemic Is Pushing Women, People of Color Out of Their Careers

Women and people of color are disproportionately stepping back from their careers, as they grapple with pandemic-era pressures. Their exits pose a huge setback for organizations. Here's what they should do about it.

Oct 01, 2020
Asking This in an Interview Could Cost You the Job

Even if you love the work, money is important, too. It’s just not a topic that will help your chances of landing the job, according to research.

Sep 02, 2020
Will 2021 Be the Year of the Electric Vehicle?

For decades, the electric vehicle has been seen as the car of tomorrow but never quite the car of today. Is that about to change?

Aug 10, 2020
Robert H. Smith School of Business
Map of Robert H. Smith School of Business
University of Maryland
Robert H. Smith School of Business
Van Munching Hall
College Park MD 20742