Puppet Masters: Possible Influence of Brain-Parasites on Businesskaspers

Vor ein paar Jahren bloggte ich über Studien zum Parasiten Toxoplasma gondii, der Einfluss auf das menschliche Verhalten zeigt (es gibt eine Studie, die das Gegenteil behauptet, in diesem Paper hier meinen sie allerdings, das wäre nur eine Studie von insgesamt 15). Damals meinte ich im Scherz, der Parasit könnte das Verhalten des Business-Kaspers im allgemeinen erklären (und wahrscheinlich damit auch Trump im speziellen).

8023225062_727a1898fc_o-1Stellt sich raus: Ich lag mit meiner Vermutung nicht ganz daneben und es gibt jetzt ein Paper dazu. Die Studie trägt den geilen Titel: Puppet Master: Possible Influence of Parasite Toxoplasma gondii on Managers and Employees. (Das Paper liegt hinter einer Paywall. Sci-Hub is your friend.)

Von Improbable Research:

“The article summarizes the parasite’s physiological mechanisms of affecting the host, important behavioral effects of the infection in humans and speculates on the possible impacts on skills and careers of employees and managers, organizational dynamics, inter-cultural management, and gender work roles.”

The author concludes by suggesting that :

“[…] Toxoplasma-positive individuals have specific personality characteristics compared to the non-infected population, and that such differences could be caused by physiological manipulation by the parasite, though in some cases there is still a probability that certain groups of people have a higher likelihood of getting infected. Toxoplasma-positive individuals have slower reaction times, they are more easily distracted and their working memory is worse. Toxoplasma may decrease an individual’s life satisfaction. Infected people more often believe that their instinctive behavior under imminent anger is rather slow and passive, and that some people have the power to impose their will on others. They also believe that when they are attacked, they stop fighting because their own sub-consciousness betrays them. Infected men have higher levels of testosterone and their physical appearance is portrayed as more masculine and dominant.”