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This Is Your Brain on Parasites

How Tiny Creatures Manipulate Our Behavior and Shape Society

By Kathleen McAuliffe
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This Is Your Brain on Parasites: How Tiny Creatures Manipulate Our Behavior and Shape Society by Kathleen McAuliffe

This Is Your Brain on Parasites (2016) is about the microscopic organisms that live inside us. They sometimes make us sick and, more surprisingly, they drive human evolution in a variety of ways. These blinks explain how parasites can guide personalities, emotions and even culture.

  • Psychologists and doctors, and students of either field
  • Anyone interested in free will
  • People interested in human behavior

Kathleen McAuliffe is a science journalist who garnered a great deal of attention for her piece How Your Cat is Making You Crazy, which was published in the Atlantic. In addition to this work, she has been published in the New York Times magazine as well as the Smithsonian.

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