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dc.contributor.authorStevenson, Richard J
dc.contributor.authorCase, Trevor I
dc.contributor.authorOaten, Megan J
dc.date.accessioned2017-05-03T12:44:43Z
dc.date.available2017-05-03T12:44:43Z
dc.date.issued2009
dc.date.modified2014-07-21T05:11:19Z
dc.identifier.issn1090-5138
dc.identifier.doi10.1016/j.evolhumbehav.2009.02.005
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10072/61455
dc.description.abstractBoth disgust and contamination sensitivity likely evolved to protect us from infectious disease. Paradoxically, disgust may be reduced by frequent exposure to disgust-inducing cues - cues most likely to occur in disease-rich environments. In this study, we examined whether more frequent or recent illness might act to reverse this process. To test this, we surveyed 616 adults, obtaining illness frequency and recency data, disgust and contamination sensitivity, and a variety of control measures. Heightened contamination sensitivity was associated with more frequent infectious illness, but not with recency of infection. We also found that participants who had heightened contamination sensitivity and who were also more disgust sensitive had significantly fewer recent infections. These findings suggest that frequent illness may up-regulate contamination sensitivity potentially counteracting the effects of exposure on disgust. More importantly, these data provide the first direct evidence of a protective effect of contamination and disgust, against infectious disease.
dc.description.peerreviewedYes
dc.description.publicationstatusYes
dc.languageEnglish
dc.publisherElsevier
dc.publisher.placeUnited States
dc.relation.ispartofstudentpublicationN
dc.relation.ispartofpagefrom363
dc.relation.ispartofpageto368
dc.relation.ispartofissue5
dc.relation.ispartofjournalEvolution and Human Behavior
dc.relation.ispartofvolume30
dc.rights.retentionY
dc.subject.fieldofresearchPsychology not elsewhere classified
dc.subject.fieldofresearchAnthropology
dc.subject.fieldofresearchPsychology
dc.subject.fieldofresearchCognitive Sciences
dc.subject.fieldofresearchcode170199
dc.subject.fieldofresearchcode1601
dc.subject.fieldofresearchcode1701
dc.subject.fieldofresearchcode1702
dc.titleFrequency and recency of infection and their relationship with disgust and contamination sensitivity
dc.typeJournal article
dc.type.descriptionC1 - Articles
dc.type.codeC - Journal Articles
gro.hasfulltextNo Full Text
gro.griffith.authorOaten, Megan


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