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At times of turmoil, when feelings of uncertainty and threat are rife, our social bonds can come to the rescue. They can show us which route to take and boost our mental wellbeing.

My research in this area examined ho, during the Covid-19 pandemic, we adapted to big behavioural changes and how these changes have affected our wellbeing in return.

I led multiple multinational studies, analysing data from 1000s of people in 5 continents and 12 languages (Arabic, Bangla, German, English, Spanish, French, Hindi, Italian, Persian, Swedish, Turkish, Mandarin).


More info about this project is at our OSF page here.


Ophelia Deroy (Ludwig Maximillian University of Munich)

Guillaume Dezecache (Université Clermont Auvergne, LAPSCO)​

Marwa El Zein (University College London)

Valerie van Mulukom (Coventry University)

Martha Newson (University of Kent)

Justin Sulik (Ludwig Maximillian University of Munich)

Yi Zhao (Indiana University)

Key Publications

  • Tunçgenç, B., van Mulukom, V., & Newson, M. (2023). Social bonds are related to health behaviors and positive well-being globally. Science Advances.

  • Sulik, J., Deroy, O., Dezecache, G., Newson, M., Zhao, Y., Zein, M. El, & Tunçgenç, B. (2021). Facing the pandemic with trust in science. Nature Humanities & Social Sciences Communications, 1–10. doi: 10.1057/s41599-021-00982-9

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