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dc.contributor.authorEppig, Christopher
dc.date.accessioned2012-02-01T18:05:00Z
dc.date.available2012-02-01T18:05:00Z
dc.date.issued2012-02-01
dc.date.submittedDecember 2011
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1928/17471
dc.description.abstractWe show that infectious disease is a major contributor to the worldwide distribution of human cognitive ability, as measured by psychometric IQ. In areas where infectious disease is high, average human intelligence tends to be lower, and in areas where infectious disease is low, average human intelligence tends to be higher. In separate studies, we tested this across world nations (chapter 2) and across states of the USA (chapter 3). In efforts to disseminate our research to wider audiences, I reviewed the findings contained in chapters 2 and 3 using language that is accessible to non-biologists (chapter 4). Although it contains no original research, this chapter makes our research more readily available to people in non-biological fields, such as economics and political science, who may be interested in our findings. An early prediction we made, based on our first analysis, was that infectious disease could account for the apparent link between IQ and rates of asthma that other research has discovered (chapter 5). Additionally, this chapter attempts to reconcile the predictions made by several related hypotheses.en_US
dc.language.isoen_USen_US
dc.subjectIntelligenceen_US
dc.subjectDevelopmenten_US
dc.subjectParasite-stress hypothesisen_US
dc.subjectHygiene hypothesisen_US
dc.subjectAsthmaen_US
dc.subjectDevelopmental stabilityen_US
dc.subjectCognitive developmenten_US
dc.subjectLife Historyen_US
dc.subjectBrain growthen_US
dc.subjectFlynn Effecten_US
dc.subjectParasitesen_US
dc.subjectBiogeographyen_US
dc.subject.lcshIntelligence levels--Environmental aspects.
dc.subject.lcshCognition--Environmental aspects.
dc.subject.lcshCommunicable diseases--Psychological aspects.
dc.subject.lcshEnvironmental psychology.
dc.titleInfectious disease and the worldwide distribution of IQen_US
dc.typeDissertationen_US
dc.description.degreeBiologyen_US
dc.description.levelDoctoralen_US
dc.description.departmentUniversity of New Mexico. Biology Dept.en_US
dc.description.advisorThornhill, Randy
dc.description.committee-memberWatson, Paul
dc.description.committee-memberKodric-Brown, Astrid
dc.description.committee-memberGangestad, Steve


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