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.

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