Episode 26: COVID-19 and the Behavioral Immune System: Joshua Ackerman

March 24th, 2020  •  55 mins 35 secs  •  Download (32 MB)  •  Link with Timestamp

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How do people behave in a pandemic? Joshua Ackerman of the University of Michigan talks about how we alter our behavior in the face of pathogens from the perspective of social and evolutionary psychology. A repertoire of responses (such as avoidance) referred to as the "behavioral immune system" is discussed as a way for humans to avoid pathogens BEFORE our biochemical immune system encounters them.