Pathogens promote matrilocal family ties and the copying of foreign religions

Lei Chang, Huijing Lu, Bao Pei Wu

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Within the same pathogen-stress framework as proposed by Fincher & Thornhill (F&T), we argue further that pathogen stress promotes matrilocal rather than patrilocal family ties which, in turn, slow down the process of modernity; and that pathogen stress promotes social learning or copying, including the adoption of foreign religions.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)82-83
Number of pages2
JournalBehavioral and Brain Sciences
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2012
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Behavioral Neuroscience
  • Neuropsychology and Physiological Psychology
  • Physiology
  • Language and Linguistics
  • Linguistics and Language


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