Aug 20, 2020

Coye Cheshire Explains How Remote Learning Takes a Toll on Mental Health

From The Daily Cal

Survey reports depression, anxiety in college students amid COVID-19 pandemic

By Annika Rao

According to a study published Tuesday that was co-led by the UC Berkeley Center for Studies in Higher Education, the COVID-19 pandemic has had “looming negative impacts” on the mental health of university students...

Coye Cheshire, a social psychology professor at the campus School of Information, emphasized that remote learning deprives students of the everyday collection of small, informal interactions, such as talking between classes or catching up over lunch, the lack of which can accumulate and take a toll on students’ mental health.

“Supporting students of course includes robust and well-designed online courses and tools,” Cheshire said in an email. “But, I think its equally important to create social spaces and significant breaks that can help prevent online video conferencing fatigue and burnout.”


Coye Cheshire is a professor at the UC Berkeley School of Information. He studies social psychology and group processes, with a focus in social exchange, cooperation, and trust in technology-mediated environments. 

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August 21, 2020