New Ideas, Old Brain Quick Bit #10: Disease Avoidance and Outgroup Derogation in a Time of COVID-19


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The physical immune is fine-tuned by natural selection to fight off nasty invaders that enter into our body. What you might now know though, is that we also have what’s called the behavioral immune system (or BIS), and BIS protects us from transmissible pathogens and parasites that pass from human to human. The Behavioral Immune System is a cluster of psychological mechanisms that evolved in our species to promote behaviors of disease avoidance. It’s especially relevant to know this in this time of COVID-19.

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