Researcher Studies People’s Perceptions Of ‘Silver Lining’ To COVID-19

In the midst of a global pandemic that negatively affected nearly everyone in some way, people were still able to identify some positive outcomes—a “silver lining”—in the situation.

These are the findings of Clemson University researchers who studied the reactions of individuals to COVID-19 in the early stages of the pandemic. The researchers also reported that the majority of respondents felt that even when things were arguably at their worst, people tended to reflect on and value similar aspects of their “new normal.”

The research was conducted by Robin Kowalski, professor in Clemson University Department of Psychology, and undergraduate students as part of Creative Inquiry, a University-wide program that engages students in research activities. Kowalski and students Hailey Carroll and Jordan Britt answered a call for COVID-related research put out by Creative Inquiry as part of the program’s COVID Challenge.