In May 2020, we launched an international study investigating the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on our lives, mood and thoughts about the future. The study will conclude in May 2022. 

The abrupt and prolonged disruptions to everyday life and social isolation, together with increased stress and depression and the threat created by COVID-19 itself, have created increased uncertainty about the future and distorted our perceptions of time. We are also exploring how these effects differ with age, and how they are reflected in the content of our autobiographical thoughts.

With funding from CIHR, and in collaboration with Dr. Shayna Rosenbaum, we are also investigating the factors influencing the many new decisions we are navigating during the pandemic, such as whether to adhere to protective behaviours, get vaccinated, etc. 



  • Halilova, J.G., Fynes-Clinton, S., Green, L., Myerson, J., Wu, J., Ruggeri, K., Addis, D.R., Rosenbaum, R.S. (2022). Short-Sighted Decision-Making By Those Not Vaccinated Against COVID-19. Association for Psychological Science Annual Convention.

  • Trikha, R., Fynes-Clinton, S. Cheng, Z., Addis, D.R. (2022). Affective tone and authenticity of autobiographical thoughts across the adult lifespan. Rotman Research Institute Conference

  • Rosenbaum, R.S. (2022). Understanding vaccine compliance: Insight from the behavioral sciences. Mathematics for Public Health Workshop on Endemic COVID-19: Mathematical Insights.

  • Addis, D.R. (2021) Thinking Beyond COVID-19: How the pandemic is shaping future thinking. Memory Disorders Research Society Conference.

  • Rosenbaum, R.S. (2021). Delay discounting during COVID-19. Memory Disorders Research Society Conference. 

  • Rosenbaum R.S. & Addis, D.R. (2021). Symposium: Episodic memory and future thinking in the time of COVID-19. Memory Disorders Research Society Conference.

  • Addis, D.R. (2021) .Thinking Beyond COVID-19: How the pandemic is shaping future thinking. CERC-C150 Virtual Summit/Sondage: Symposium virtuel CERC-C150.

  • Addis, D.R., Fynes-Clinton, S., Starrs, F., Cheng, Z. (2021). Thinking Beyond COVID-19: How the pandemic is shaping the future. International Society for Behavioural Neuroscience Annual Meeting.

  • Fynes-Clinton, S. Cheng, Z., Starrs, F., Addis, D.R. (2021). Early perceived stress sets the tone for mental health across the COVID-19 pandemic. Canadian Stress Research Summit.

  • Fynes-Clinton, S. Cheng, Z., Starrs, F., Addis, D.R. (2021). Age is protective against perceived stress during the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic. Rotman Research Institute Conference.

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All information is kept strictly confidential and used for research purposes only.
Approved by the Baycrest Research Ethics Board.