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No Evidence of Association between Toxoplasma gondii Infection and Financial Risk Taking in Females

Lanchava, Lasha and Carlson, Kyle and Šebánková, Blanka and Flegr, Jaroslav and Nave, Gideon (2015) No Evidence of Association between Toxoplasma gondii Infection and Financial Risk Taking in Females. PLOS ONE, 10 (9). Art. No. e0136716. ISSN 1932-6203. PMCID PMC4581702. http://resolver.caltech.edu/CaltechAUTHORS:20151019-145317175

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Abstract

Background: Past research linked Toxoplasma gondii (TG) infection in humans with neurological and mental disorders (e.g., schizophrenia, Alzheimer’s disease and attention disorders), irregularities of the dopaminergic and testosterone system, and increased likelihood of being involved in traffic accidents. Methodology/Principal Findings: We test for an association between TG infection and financial decision-making (DM) using a case-control design in a sample of female Czech students (n = 79). We estimate each subject's risk attitude and loss aversion using an experimental economic task involving real monetary incentives. We find no significant evidence that either measure of decision-making is associated with TG infection. Conclusion: We were unable to find evidence of an association between TG infection and financial decision-making in females.


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Additional Information:© 2015 Lanchava et al. This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited. Received: September 30, 2014; Accepted: August 7, 2015; Published: September 24, 2015. The financial support of the Czech Science Foundation project No. P402/12/G097 DYME Dynamic Models in Economics is acknowledged. URL: http://www.gacr.cz/en/. The funders had no role in study design, data collection and analysis, decision to publish, or preparation of the manuscript. Competing interests: The authors have declared that no competing interests exist. We would like to thank Miroslav Zajicek, the director of the Laboratory of Experimental Economics (LEE) at The University of Economics, Prague (VSE). Author Contributions: Conceived and designed the experiments: LL KC JF GN. Performed the experiments: LL BS JF. Analyzed the data: LL GN. Contributed reagents/materials/analysis tools: LL KC BS JF GN. Wrote the paper: LL KC JF GN. Data Availability: All relevant data are within the paper and its Supporting Information files.
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Official Citation:Lanchava L, Carlson K, Šebánková B, Flegr J, Nave G (2015) No Evidence of Association between Toxoplasma gondii Infection and Financial Risk Taking in Females. PLoS ONE 10(9): e0136716. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0136716
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