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Role of education after the COVID-19 pandemic fear: a multidisciplinary and scientific perspective

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DOI:

https://doi.org/10.1590/SciELOPreprints.710

Keywords:

COVID-19, pandemic, fear, anxiety, mental health, neuroscience, education

Abstract

In response to the outbreak of the novel Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus-2 (SARS-CoV-2), pathogen of the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19), several sectors and social activities have been affected, including education. At first, it is explained that educators and students can feel fragile during and after the SARS-CoV-2 outbreak. Subsequently, it is discussed that their relationship ought to be carefully established given the triggering of psychological and neuropsychiatric effects arising from neural coding and plasticity processes, which result in the formation of positive and negative memories in the short to long term. Finally, it is pointed out that the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic generates a need for adequacy and adaptation for the significant attention to students during the re-starting of studies, given that possible disorders of sensory modulation and involvement of limbic brain areas triggered in situations of risk of death, potential or real threat, can happen. It is assumed that at times of the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic, in addition to preserving life, one of the challenges is the behavioural (re)organisation, which includes habits from the educational context that need to contemplate a scientific perspective, seeking to transform the consequences of the pandemic fear on opportunities to reinforcement of familiar links. In the context of modern rationality, the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic is also a period to think about the relationship between scientific knowledge and common sense. With this logic, neurosciences can develop a new format for the teaching-learning process, so that educators and students experiencing the pandemic threatening do not manifest psychological distress and secondary consequences. Therefore, education can be considered a central space in decision-making in the face of SARS-CoV-2 pandemic. In this sense, the urgency of a multidisciplinary strategies development is highlighted, connecting the synergy between neurosciences and education after the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Author Biographies

Monica Naves-Barcelos, Federal University of Alfenas

1Biomedical Sciences Institute, Federal University of Alfenas (UNIFAL), Alfenas, MG, Brazil

2Institute of Motricity Sciences, Federal University of Alfenas, Alfenas, MG, Brazil

Priscila Medeiros, University of Sao Paulo

3Laboratory of Neuroanatomy and Neuropsychobiology, Department of Pharmacology, Ribeirão Preto Medical School of the University of São Paulo (FMRP-USP), Ribeirão Preto, São Paulo, Brazil.

4Laboratory of Neurosciences of Pain & Emotions and Multi-User Centre of Neuroelectrophysiology, Department of Surgery and Anatomy, Ribeirão Preto Medical School of the University of São Paulo, Ribeirão Preto, São Paulo, Brazil.

Juliana Almeida da Silva, University of Sao Paulo

Laboratory of Neuroanatomy and Neuropsychobiology, Department of Pharmacology, Ribeirão Preto Medical School of the University of São Paulo (FMRP-USP), Ribeirão Preto, São Paulo, Brazil.

Josie Resende Torres da Silva, Federal University of Alfenas

Institute of Motricity Sciences, Federal University of Alfenas, Alfenas, MG, Brazil

Jorge Gelvane Tostes, Itajubá Medicine School

Itajubá Medicine School, Itajubá, MG, Brazil.

José Aparecido da Silva, University of Sao Paulo

Laboratory of Psychophysics, Perception, Psychometrics, and Pain, Department of Psychology, Ribeirão Preto School of Philosophy, Sciences and Literature of the University of São Paulo, Ribeirão Preto, SP, Brazil.

Department of Psychology, Federal University of Juiz de Fora (UFJF), MG, Brazil.

Norberto Cysne Coimbra, University of Sao Paulo

Laboratory of Neuroanatomy and Neuropsychobiology, Department of Pharmacology, Ribeirão Preto Medical School of the University of São Paulo (FMRP-USP), Ribeirão Preto, São Paulo, Brazil.

Marcelo Lourenço da Silva, Federal University of Alfenas

Institute of Motricity Sciences, Federal University of Alfenas, Alfenas, MG, Brazil

Renato Leonardo de Freitas, Federal University of Alfenas (UNIFAL-MG)

1Biomedical Sciences Institute, Federal University of Alfenas (UNIFAL), Alfenas, MG, Brazil.

4Laboratory of Neurosciences of Pain & Emotions and Multi-User Centre of Neuroelectrophysiology, Department of Surgery and Anatomy, Ribeirão Preto Medical School of the University of São Paulo, Ribeirão Preto, São Paulo, Brazil.

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