Does the immune system influence our social behavior?

Groundbreaking research, published in Nature, finds a fascinating and unexpected interaction between social behavior and the immune system.Links between the immune system and the brain grow ever stronger. The study of human social behavior is a dense and difficult endeavor. It calls for expertise in a range of disciplines, from psychology to sociology and neuroscience to ethnology. Following the research covered below, that list of specialties may soon include immunology. Until relatively recently, the brain and immune system were considered to work in isolation from each other. This is now known not to be the case. A team of researchers from the University of Virginia (UVA) School of Medicine has gone one step further, showing that the immune system not only affects social behavior, it might even exert control over…


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