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dc.contributor.authorKouznetsova, Daria
dc.contributor.authorStevenson, Richard J
dc.contributor.authorOaten, Megan J
dc.contributor.authorCase, Trevor I
dc.date.accessioned2017-05-03T13:52:34Z
dc.date.available2017-05-03T13:52:34Z
dc.date.issued2012
dc.date.modified2014-07-22T04:29:54Z
dc.identifier.issn0887-0446
dc.identifier.doi10.1080/08870446.2011.603424
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10072/61548
dc.description.abstractMedical conditions that are non-contagious, but that appear contagious, seem to result in the sufferer being avoided. Error management theory (EMT), suggests that such false alarms occur because the cost of infection poses a greater threat to ones fitness than avoidance. Study 1 attempted to demonstrate a disease-related false alarm effect by asking participants, to evaluate a series of vignettes, featuring people with infectious diseases, non-infectious diseases that looked infectious and non-infectious diseases that did not. Judgements of contracting infection under varying levels of contact, and desire to avoid were obtained. Consistent with EMT, a false alarm effect was evident. Study 2 examined the importance of the face as a key indicator of real and apparent infection, by determining whether facial symptoms result in a greater desire to avoid people with infectious and non-infectious diseases. Consistent with expectation, participants reported a greater desire to avoid people with facially displayed symptoms. Together, these results support the idea that humans have evolved a general tendency to avoid individuals with disease signs, especially if displayed upon the face. One consequence is that where a facially displayed disease sign persists, even if known to be benign, its bearer will experience chronic avoidance.
dc.description.peerreviewedYes
dc.description.publicationstatusYes
dc.languageEnglish
dc.language.isoeng
dc.publisherRoutledge
dc.publisher.placeUnited Kingdom
dc.relation.ispartofstudentpublicationN
dc.relation.ispartofpagefrom491
dc.relation.ispartofpageto506
dc.relation.ispartofissue4
dc.relation.ispartofjournalPsychology & Health
dc.relation.ispartofvolume27
dc.rights.retentionY
dc.subject.fieldofresearchCurriculum and pedagogy
dc.subject.fieldofresearchOther psychology not elsewhere classified
dc.subject.fieldofresearchcode3901
dc.subject.fieldofresearchcode529999
dc.titleDisease-avoidant behaviour and its consequences
dc.typeJournal article
dc.type.descriptionC1 - Articles
dc.type.codeC - Journal Articles
gro.hasfulltextNo Full Text
gro.griffith.authorOaten, Megan


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