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Is disgust a homogeneous emotion?

Simpson, Jane and Carter, Sarah and Anthony, Susan H. and Overton, Paul G. (2006) Is disgust a homogeneous emotion? Motivation and emotion, 30 (1). pp. 31-41. ISSN 0146-7239

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Abstract

Many theoretical accounts consider disgust to be a unitary emotion, although others have challenged this notion. We predict that if core disgust and socio-moral disgust are different constructs, then their co-associated elicited emotions are likely to be different, and time as well as gender are likely to differentially affect their intensity (via a greater reliance of socio-moral disgust on cognitive appraisal). To test these predictions, participants were shown photographs of core and socio-moral disgust elicitors and asked to provide a wide ranging rating of their emotional response to each at 3 time points. Each elicitor generated a significantly different emotional response. Furthermore, the disgust response to core elicitors weakened over time whereas socio-moral responses intensified. Males and females showed similar levels of disgust to socio-moral elicitors, but females showed higher levels to core elicitors. Overall, the results suggest that a different emotional construct was activated by each type of elicitor.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Motivation and emotion
Uncontrolled Keywords: Core disgust - socio-moral disgust - emotional context - temporal changes - gender
Subjects: R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
Departments: Faculty of Health and Medicine > Health Research
ID Code: 8318
Deposited By: Mr Richard Ingham
Deposited On: 17 Apr 2008 16:59
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 26 Jul 2012 18:22
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/8318

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