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Pers Soc Psychol Bull. 2008 Aug;34(8):1096-109. doi: 10.1177/0146167208317771. Epub 2008 May 27.

Disgust as embodied moral judgment.

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  • 1School of Psychology, University of Plymouth, UK. simone.schnall@plymouth.ac.uk

Abstract

How, and for whom, does disgust influence moral judgment? In four experiments participants made moral judgments while experiencing extraneous feelings of disgust. Disgust was induced in Experiment 1 by exposure to a bad smell, in Experiment 2 by working in a disgusting room, in Experiment 3 by recalling a physically disgusting experience, and in Experiment 4 through a video induction. In each case, the results showed that disgust can increase the severity of moral judgments relative to controls. Experiment 4 found that disgust had a different effect on moral judgment than did sadness. In addition, Experiments 2-4 showed that the role of disgust in severity of moral judgments depends on participants' sensitivity to their own bodily sensations. Taken together, these data indicate the importance-and specificity-of gut feelings in moral judgments.

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18505801
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PMC2562923
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10.1177/0146167208317771
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