Peter Lunn in conversation with Katie Hannon

What Were We Like in the Pandemic?

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WATCH: Behavioural Science & COVID-19 in Ireland

Pete Lunn, head of the ESRI’s Behavioural Research Unit and advisor to NPHET, has been telling us fascinating things about our behaviour during the pandemic for the last year and a half. Were we compliant with regulations or willing to break them? How did we view this difficult period, and individual and community responses to it? How did we compare to other countries? Are we better or worse than we think we are under conditions of considerable pressure? In conversation with Katie Hannon of RTÉ.

These talks were recorded and available to watch on this page and on Galway International Arts Festival's YouTube channel. All First Thought Talks will be available to listen to on GIAF's First Thought podcast later this year.

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