October 23 2019

12:00 LSB 2320

This seminar is sponsored by Noa Pinter-Wollman

Patricia Lopes
Department of Biological Sciences, Chapman University

Why Do We Feel Sick When Infected?


Sick animals frequently change their behaviors, exhibiting an array of symptoms collectively called sickness behaviors. These behaviors include increased pain sensitivity, decreased interest in social interactions, decreased food and water intake, and decreased activity. Sickness behaviors are host-induced, i.e., they are not the result of the infectious agent itself. Why would these uncomfortable symptoms have evolved? I will present research on the causes and consequences of sickness behaviors and how host and conspecific behaviors can alter disease transmission patterns in populations.

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