Imagine no religion: Heretical disgust, anger and the symbolic purity of mind.

@article{Ritter2016ImagineNR,
  title={Imagine no religion: Heretical disgust, anger and the symbolic purity of mind.},
  author={Ryan S. Ritter and Jesse Lee Preston and Erika Salomon and Daniel Relihan-Johnson},
  journal={Cognition & emotion},
  year={2016},
  volume={30 4},
  pages={778-96}
}
Immoral actions, including physical/sexual (e.g., incest) and social (e.g., unfairness) taboos, are often described as disgusting. But what about immoral thoughts, more specifically, thoughts that violate religious beliefs? Do heretical thoughts taint the purity of mind? The present research examined heretical disgust using self-report measures and facial electromyography. Religious thought violations consistently elicited both self-reported disgust and anger. Feelings of disgust also predicted… CONTINUE READING
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