My research is concerned with health and behaviour, and it often takes an evolutionary approach. I have examined how infectious disease shaped cognitive evolution, how behaviour alters infection risk, and how maladaptive ideas about health and healing spread and persist. I have a particular interest in the social and cognitive processes that drive overtreatment (the use of ineffective medical therapies).
Newest selected publications
Gon, G., de Bruin, M., de Barra, M., Ali, S., Oona, C., Graham, W., (2018) 'Hand hygiene, glove use and avoiding recontamination before aseptic procedures at birth: a multi-centre time-&-motion study conducted in Zanzibar'. American Journal of Infection Control. ISSN: 1527-3296 Open Access Linket al.
de Barra, M., Scott, CL., Scott, NW., Johnston, M., de Bruin, M., Nkansah, N., (2018) 'Pharmacist services for non-hospitalised patients (Review)'. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, 2018 (9). pp. CD013102. ISSN: 1469-493X Open Access Linket al.
Strimling, P., de Barra, M. and Eriksson, K. (2018) 'Asymmetries in punishment propensity may drive the civilizing process'. Nature Human Behaviour, 2 (2). pp. 148 - 155. ISSN: 2397-3374 Open Access Link
de Barra, M. (2017) 'Reporting bias inflates the reputation of medical treatments: A comparison of outcomes in clinical trials and online product reviews'. Social Science and Medicine, 177. pp. 248 - 255. ISSN: 0277-9536 Open Access Link
Eriksson, K., Coultas, JC. and De Barra, M. (2016) 'Cross-Cultural Differences in Emotional Selection on Transmission of Information'. Journal of Cognition and Culture, 16 (1-2). pp. 122 - 143. ISSN: 1567-7095