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Article Reference: ‘Why Disgust Matters’

Curtis, Valerie. “Why Disgust Matters.” Philosophical Transactions: Biological Sciences, vol. 366, no. 1583, 2011, pp. 3478–3490. JSTOR, Accessed 12 Jan. 2021.

P.2. ‘Disgust is used and abused in society, both a force for social cohesion and a cause of prejudice and stigma’

P.2. ‘Disgust impacts on many aspects of our lives, from our individual, domestic, everyday hygiene habits, through our moral choices as members of society, to public policy on issues such as health, justice, social exclusion and warfare.’

P.3. ‘hygienic behaviour with respect to disgust elicitors plays an essential role in the prevention of infect’

P.6. ‘Disgust is a strong and visceral emotion that can arouse powerful affective and behavioural responses.’

P.7. ‘Overactive disgust responses may play a role in some forms of social phobia’

P.7. ‘Blood-injection-injury phobia is characterized by extreme aversion to the sight of blood, injuries, or surgical procedures including injections. Sufferers have higher disgust sensitivity, rate disgusting images as more disgusting than controls and display stronger facial expressions of disgust.’

P.8. ‘example. So as not to be punished or excluded, individuals self-police their own hygiene and social contact behaviour, sometimes turning disgust on themselves (shame).’

P.8. ‘Because disgust is ‘strong magic’ that recognises an ability to contaminate by association, it is used to marginalise outsiders to groups (stigmatization).’

P.8. ‘There is much evidence that humans tend to shun other individuals that display signs of disease’

P.8. ‘. Individuals perceived to have disabilities or disfigurements automatically activate disease-relevant cognitions, even when perceivers are explicitly aware that these individuals do not harbour contagious’


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