Disgust as an adaptive system for disease avoidance behaviour

@inproceedings{Curtis2011DisgustAA,
  title={Disgust as an adaptive system for disease avoidance behaviour},
  author={Valerie Curtis and M{\'i}che{\'a}l de Barra and Robert Aunger},
  booktitle={Philosophical transactions of the Royal Society of London. Series B, Biological sciences},
  year={2011}
}
Disgust is an evolved psychological system for protecting organisms from infection through disease avoidant behaviour. This 'behavioural immune system', present in a diverse array of species, exhibits universal features that orchestrate hygienic behaviour in response to cues of risk of contact with pathogens. However, disgust is also a dynamic adaptive system. Individuals show variation in pathogen avoidance associated with psychological traits like having a neurotic personality, as well as a… CONTINUE READING
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