Congratulations to Prof Dick Stevenson for being awarded one of the Discovery Projects Awards from the ARC as well as being named Chief Investigator on a project awarded through another Institution.
Project title: Testing a disease-avoidance account of stigmatization.
Summary: The aim of this project is to test a disease avoidance model of stigmatisation. Stigmatisation is characterised by chronic avoidance of a person(s) by other people. Infectious disease may produce an apparently similar form of isolation disease avoidance. This project proposes that many forms of stigmatisation reflect the activation of this disease avoidance system, which is predisposed to respond to signs of disease, irrespective of their accuracy. This will represent a significant shift in thinking about this issue and aims to provide the first empirically based model of stigmatisation as an evolved disposition that causes the exclusion of people who look like they may carry an infectious disease - even if they do not.