Dirt, Disgust, and Disease: Is Hygiene in Our Genes?

@article{Curtis2001DirtDA,
  title={Dirt, Disgust, and Disease: Is Hygiene in Our Genes?},
  author={V. Curtis and V. Biran},
  journal={Perspectives in Biology and Medicine},
  year={2001},
  volume={44},
  pages={17 - 31}
}
  • V. Curtis, V. Biran
  • Published 2001
  • Psychology, Medicine
  • Perspectives in Biology and Medicine
Anthropologists have long puzzled over why certain objects and activities are avoided, reviled, or proscribed in many cultures. Numerous theories have been proposed, but as Reinhart (1990) suggests above, a full explanation remains elusive. Psychologists recently have begun to explore the nature of the revulsion that is occasioned by the sight of excreta, rotten food, slime, and bugs. They have described and categorized the emotion of disgust and have even proposed a location in the brain where… Expand
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