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Moral anger, but not moral disgust, responds to intentionality

Russell, PS and Giner-Sorolla, R., (2011) Moral anger, but not moral disgust, responds to intentionality Emotion, 11. pp. 233-240.

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Abstract

We propose that, when people judge moral situations, anger responds to the contextual cues of harm and intentionality. On the other hand, disgust responds uniquely to whether or not a bodily norm violation has occurred; its apparent response to harm and intent is entirely explained by the coactivation of anger. We manipulated intent, harm, and bodily norm violation (eating human flesh) within a vignette describing a scientific experiment. Participants then rated their anger, disgust, and moral judgment, as well as various appraisals. Anger responded independently of disgust to harm and intentionality, whereas disgust responded independently of anger only to whether or not the act violated the bodily norm of cannibalism. Theoretically relevant appraisals accounted for the effects of harm and intent on anger; however, appraisals of abnormality did not fully account for the effects of the manipulations on disgust. Our results show that anger and disgust are separately elicited by different cues in a moral situation.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences > School of Psychology
Authors :
AuthorsEmailORCID
Russell, PSUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Giner-Sorolla, R., UNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Date : 2011
Additional Information : © 2011 American Psychological Association. This article may not exactly replicate the final version published in the APA journal. It is not the copy of record.
Depositing User : Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited : 27 Jun 2014 16:09
Last Modified : 06 Jul 2014 01:34
URI: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/id/eprint/804134

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