Disgust as a disease-avoidance mechanism.

  title={Disgust as a disease-avoidance mechanism.},
  author={Megan J Oaten and Richard J. Stevenson and Trevor I. Case},
  journal={Psychological bulletin},
  volume={135 2},
Many researchers have claimed that the emotion of disgust functions to protect us from disease. Although there have been several discussions of this hypothesis, none have yet reviewed the evidence in its entirety. The authors derive 14 hypotheses from a disease-avoidance account and evaluate the evidence for each, drawing upon research on pathogen avoidance in animals and empirical research on disgust. In all but 1 case, the evidence favors a disease-avoidance account. It is suggested that… CONTINUE READING
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