Disgusting but harmless moral violations are perceived as harmful due to the negative emotions they elicit

Gutierrez, Roberto and Giner-Sorolla, Roger (2011) Disgusting but harmless moral violations are perceived as harmful due to the negative emotions they elicit. Revista de Psicologia Social, 26 (1). pp. 141-148. ISSN 0213-4748. (doi:https://doi.org/10.1174/021347411794078381) (Full text available)

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Abstract

Harmless but disgusting moral violations can be justified as harmful to others due to the negative emotions they elicit. The relationship between the emotions of anger and disgust and the harm associated to these emotions as a result of a moral violation was investigated. Results showed that a disgusting moral violation (taboo violation) described as harmless to others is more related to disgust than to anger. Such violation created a presumption of harm of three different types: to the community, nature, and the individual. Disgust was a mediator between the taboo violation and the presumption of harm to nature, whereas anger was a mediator between the taboo violation and the presumption of harm to the individual. In general, results also showed that in moral violations that are harmless to others, the emotions of anger and disgust allow people to presume harm to symbolic entities such as nature and the community as a result of such violations.

Item Type: Article
Additional information: Translated title: Las transgresiones morales repulsivas pero inofensivas se perciben como dañinas debido a las emociones negativas que inducen
Uncontrolled keywords: Anger, Disgust, Moral violation, Presumption of harm
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Psychology
Depositing User: Roger Giner-Sorolla
Date Deposited: 20 Nov 2013 14:04 UTC
Last Modified: 03 Dec 2014 14:31 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/36667 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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