Professor of psychology discusses remembering life's milestones during a prolonged pandemic
Jennifer Talarico, professor of psychology and department head, is quoted in an Associated Press (AP) story about how the pandemic has shifted how people mark important life milestones.
Talarico is a cognitive psychologist who studies the ability to recall events that have been personally experienced. She told the AP that certain events shape lives differently and have been reshaped just as differently during the pandemic. Perhaps most devastatingly impacted, she says, are death and dying. The pandemic has prevented people from attending funerals and sitting with loved ones at bedsides, traditions that help people mourn.
“That’s being felt the hardest because it’s the hardest to replace,” Talarico shared. “That’s probably going to have the most lasting impact.”
The story ran in The Washington Post, Star Tribune, and The Fresno Bee, among others.