Core disgust is attenuated by ingroup relations

Reicher, Stephen D, Templeton, Anne, Neville, Fergus, Ferrari, Lucienne and Drury, John (2016) Core disgust is attenuated by ingroup relations. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 113 (10). pp. 2631-2635. ISSN 0027-8424

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Abstract

We present the first experimental evidence to our knowledge that ingroup relations attenuate core disgust and that this helps explain the ability of groups to coact. In study 1, 45 student participants smelled a sweaty t-shirt bearing the logo of another university, with either their student identity (ingroup condition), their specific university identity (outgroup condition), or their personal identity (interpersonal condition) made salient. Self-reported disgust was lower in the ingroup condition than in the other conditions, and disgust mediated the relationship between condition and willingness to interact with target. In study 2, 90 student participants smelled a sweaty target t-shirt bearing either the logo of their own university, another university, or no logo, with either their student identity or their specific university identity made salient. Walking time to wash hands and pumps of soap indicated that disgust was lower where the relationship between participant and target was ingroup rather than outgroup or ambivalent (no logo).

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Psychology > Psychology
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion
Depositing User: Lene Hyltoft
Date Deposited: 11 Mar 2016 14:12
Last Modified: 07 Mar 2017 07:58
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/59977

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