Project Information

Kurt Lewin Instituut
Heidelberglaan 1
Room Number H1.42
3584 CS UTRECHT
The Netherlands
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Project Information

Project Title
"The Human Behavioral Immune System: Consequences for Health and Innovation"

Institute
VU Amsterdam - Department of Experimental and Applied Psychology

PhD Student
ağla ınar

Supervisor(s)
Dr. Joshua M. Tybur
Prof. Dr. Paul A.M. Van Lange

Period
1 July 2017 - 1 July 2021

Funding
ERC grant of Joshua M. Tybur


Summary

Prior to pathogenic microorganisms infiltrating the human body, disgust acts as a behavioral defence against potentially pathogen carrying objects (Schaller, 2006; Tybur, Lieberman, & Griskevicius, 2009). Previous research points towards evolved functional tendencies in learning disgust (Tybur, Laakasuo, Ruff, & Klauke, 2016) that enables for a more efficient detection of potential pathogens. However, disgust learning mechanisms are still underexplored in the literature. As part of my project, we aim to investigate how disgust is learned (e.g., conditioning paradigms, social learning mechanisms) using methods from behavioral neuroscience and social psychology. Additionally, we intend to understand the consequences of learning disgust in psychopathology, stigmatization, and cultural evolution (e.g., how food norms are shaped).


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