|Title of host publication||Encyclopedia of behavioral medicine|
|Editors||Marc D. Gellman|
|Place of Publication||New York|
|Publisher||Springer, Springer Nature|
|Number of pages||3|
|Publication status||Published - 2020|
Lay beliefs represent an individual’s subjective and informal explanation for the world around them (including explanations relating to health and illness) that do not necessarily have to concur with scientific knowledge (Furnham 1988). As lay beliefs are subjective, they will differ from person to person such that one person’s understanding of their world will not necessarily be the same as another person.