The kiss of death: three tests of the relationship between disease threat and ritualized physical contact within traditional cultures

Evolution and Human Behavior Vol/Iss. In Press Elsevier Published In Pages: In Press
By Murray, Damian R., Fessler, Daniel M.T., Kerry, Nicholas, White, Claire, Marin, Maya


Historical pathogen prevalence will be negatively associated with prevalence of physical contact during greetings (4).


Test NameSupportSignificanceCoefficientTail
Pearson's rSupportedp = 0.03r = -0.18UNKNOWN


Variable NameVariable Type OCM Term(s)
Pathogen PrevalenceIndependentMorbidity
Physical contact during greetingsDependentEtiquette