- Benjamin Oosterhoff, Baylor College of Medicine/Texas Children's Hospital
- Natalie J. Shook, West Virginia Univ.
This study provides a meta-analysis of 21 published and unpublished studies using over 32,000 participants to evaluate how individual differences in disease avoidance are correlated with personality. Consistent with behavioral immune system models, greater disease avoidance was associated with lower openness to experience and extraversion, and greater conscientiousness and neuroticism.