Behavioral Immune System

The behavioral immune system is theorized to be a suite of affective, cognitive, and behavioral processes that function to avoid pathogens and infectious diseases (Schaller, 2006). In our lab, we investigate how the behavioral immune system is associated with health behaviors, personality traits, attitudes, and political ideologies.

Representative Publications

Sevi, B., & Shook, N. J. (2021). The relation between disgust sensitivity and risk-taking propensity: A domain specific approach. Judgment and Decision Making, 16, 950-968.

Fitzgerald, H. N., McDonald, R., Thomas, R., & Shook, N. J. (2021). Disease avoidance: A predictor of sexist attitudes toward females. Current Psychology.

Shook, N. J., Thomas, R., & Ford, C. G. (2019). Testing the relation between disgust and avoidance behavior. Personality and Individual Differences, 150.

Oosterhoff, B., Shook, N. J., & Ford, C. G. (2018). Is that disgust I see? Political ideology and biased visual attention. Behavioural Brain Research, 336, 227-235.