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Climate as a moderator of the effect of disease threat on interpersonal behavior

Abstract Infectious diseases have been a major threat to survival throughout human history. Humans have developed a behavioral immune system to prevent infection by causing individuals to avoid people, food, and objects that could be contaminated. This current project investigates how ambient temperature affects the activation of this system. Because temperature is positively correlated with the prevalence of many deadly diseases, I predict that temperature moderates the behavioral immune system, such that a disease prime will have a stronger effect in a hot environment compared to a neutral environment and one's avoidant behaviors will be more extreme. Participants were placed in a hot room (M = 85F) or a neutral room (M = 77F) and shown a dise... (more)
Created Date 2012
Contributor Osborne, Elizabeth Ann (Author) / Cohen, Adam B (Advisor) / Kwan, Sau (Committee member) / Neuberg, Steven (Committee member) / Arizona State University (Publisher)
Subject Social psychology / Evolution & development / Ecology / Ambient temperature / climate / disease / disgust / interpersonal behavior
Type Masters Thesis
Extent 150 pages
Language English
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Note M.A. Psychology 2012
Collaborating Institutions Graduate College / ASU Library
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