Cuteness and Disgust: The Humanizing and Dehumanizing Effects of Emotion

@article{Sherman2011CutenessAD,
  title={Cuteness and Disgust: The Humanizing and Dehumanizing Effects of Emotion},
  author={Gary D. Sherman and Jonathan Haidt},
  journal={Emotion Review},
  year={2011},
  volume={3},
  pages={245 - 251}
}
Moral emotions are evolved mechanisms that function in part to optimize social relationships. We discuss two moral emotions— disgust and the “cuteness response”—which modulate social-engagement motives in opposite directions, changing the degree to which the eliciting entity is imbued with mental states (i.e., mentalized). Disgust-inducing entities are hypo-mentalized (i.e., dehumanized); cute entities are hyper-mentalized (i.e., “humanized”). This view of cuteness—which challenges the… 

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