Episode 26

COVID-19 and the Behavioral Immune System: Joshua Ackerman


March 24th, 2020

55 mins 35 secs

Season 2

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Season 2 premiere!

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. A repertoire of responses (such as avoidance) referred to as the "behavioral immune system" is a way for humans to avoid pathogens BEFORE our biochemical immune system encounters them. A pandemic such as COVID-19 may trigger this behavioral immune system, but using far different information than our evolutionary ancestors ever had.

Joshua Ackerman's research page at Michigan

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