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
de Barra, M., Cownden, D. and Jansson, F. (2019) 'Aversive medical treatments as a signal of need for support: a mathematical model'. Evolutionary Human Sciences, 1 (e4). ISSN: 2513-843X Open Access Link
Gon, G., de Bruin, M., de Barra, M., Ali, S., Oona, C., Graham, W., (2019) '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, 47 (2). pp. 149 - 156. 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.
Curtis, V. and de Barra, M. (2018) 'The structure and function of pathogen disgust'. Philosophical Transactions B: Biological Sciences, 373 (1751). pp. 20170208 - 20170208. ISSN: 0962-8436 Open Access Link
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