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Revista de psicología y ciencias del comportamiento de la Unidad Académica de Ciencias Jurídicas y Sociales

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MONTIEL CASTRO, Augusto Jacobo; GARCIA ARISTA, Alejandra; PINACHO GUENDULAIN, Braulio  and  BRAVO RUISECO, Gabriela. Microbiota: an index of group membership, and the dynamics of social inclusion and exclusion. Rev. de psicol. y cienc. del comport. de la Unidad Académica de Cienc. Juríd. y Sociales [online]. 2017, vol.8, n.2, pp.74-97. ISSN 2007-1833.

The possibility that microbiota mediates social behaviour and the implications of such relationship, is still a relatively recent field of research that starts to attract the interest of the scientific community. The present review compiles studies suggesting that microbiota is homogenized between different individuals through social interactions, and that, in turn, it may be differentiated as a consequence of social isolation or social exclusion. Therefore, that the study of such possibilities suggests its utility as a novel index of the dynamics of social inclusion and exclusion. One useful in evaluating whether subjects belong to specific social groups or not. We consider that these possibilities should motivate relevant empirical studies regarding the link between the homogenization of microbiota, social inclusion and exclusion, a useful effort from a diversity of research fields.

Keywords : microbiome; social dynamics; social-inclusion; health; group membership.

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