The COVID-19 pandemic and other events of 2020 confronted people with significant changes in affectively-laden media exposure as well as in social behavior. The COVID-Dynamic dataset includes self-reports and experimental task performance at multiple time-points (beginning April, 4, 2020), from a sample of 1000+ online participants across the United States.
The primary sample was collected through Prolific. A smaller sample (n ~ 50) was collected from individuals whose previous participation in the Caltech Conte Center provides a rich background of behavioral and MRI characterization over many years.
Data from this study will be released in phases as the study team completes initial analyses. Data collected from April 4, 2020 to January 24, 2021 are described in this paper. Most of the data is available publicly through the Open Science Framework.
However, researchers must establish a formal relationship with the COVID-Dynamic team in order to access sensitive geographic information (i.e., zip-code and nearest town of residence) that bears the risk of identifying individual participants, as well as data derived from sensitive location data (i.e., county of residence and county-based external measures). To request access to this sensitive data, please complete this form brief contact form. You will then be asked to provide project approval by your respective Internal Review Board and establish a data use agreement to the Caltech Internal Review Board.
Each time-point of data-collection is a "Wave." Prolific data is available for Waves 1-16 and Conte data is available for Waves A-M. Data from some experimental measures and tasks may not be available at this time. List of data for all waves is available here.