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Murray, D.R., Trudeau, R., & Schaller, M. (2011). On the origins of cultural differences in conformity: Four tests of the pathogen prevalence hypothesis. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 37, 318-329.  DOI:  10.1177/0146167210394451

Summary: This research examines the difference in conformity across cultures. Researchers expect that there were be greater conformity in countries where there are more pathogen-related diseases. 

Questions to consider:

  1. Explain why researchers believe that there will be greater conformity in countries where more pathogen-related diseases are present.
  2. Describe the four different tests of the hypothesis.
  3. What are the additional causal variables described in their results?
  4. The authors describe how their results relate to behavioral genetics. Describe the relationship.