Contention, consensus, and the behavioral immune system: From the forum forward

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Research on the Behavioral Immune System (BIS) has made impressive gains in a short period of time. Distilled from the 7 thoughtful contributions to this forum, the author highlights 3 sets of ideas for moving BIS theory and research forward: (a) The benefits to be gained via additional vertical and horizontal conceptual integration, and via greater specificity in the articulation of mechanisms to capture the complexity of pathogen-relevant phenomena; (b) the need to take great care in selecting methods tightly appropriate to the specific hypotheses (and alternative hypotheses) BIS researchers are (and should be) testing; and (c) the need to avoid the disciplinary ethnocentrism that confronts many multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary endeavors.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)284-288
Number of pages5
JournalEvolutionary Behavioral Sciences
Issue number4
StatePublished - Oct 1 2014


  • Behavioral immune system
  • Evolutionary psychology
  • Methods
  • Multidisciplinary
  • Theory

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
  • Social Psychology


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