Hypnotic Disgust Makes Moral Judgments More Severe

  title={Hypnotic Disgust Makes Moral Judgments More Severe},
  author={Thalia Wheatley and Jonathan Haidt},
  journal={Psychological Science},
  pages={780 - 784}
Highly hypnotizable participants were given a posthypnotic suggestion to feel a flash of disgust whenever they read an arbitrary word. They were then asked to rate moral transgressions described in vignettes that either did or did not include the disgust-inducing word. Two studies show that moral judgments can be made more severe by the presence of a flash of disgust. These findings suggest that moral judgments may be grounded in affectively laden moral intuitions. 

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