Is Disgust a Homogeneous Emotion?

  title={Is Disgust a Homogeneous Emotion?},
  author={Jane Simpson and Sarah Carter and Susan Anthony and Paul G. Overton},
  journal={Motivation and Emotion},
Many theoretical accounts consider disgust to be a unitary emotion, although others have challenged this notion. We predict that if core disgust and socio-moral disgust are different constructs, then their co-associated elicited emotions are likely to be different, and time as well as gender are likely to differentially affect their intensity (via a greater reliance of socio-moral disgust on cognitive appraisal). To test these predictions, participants were shown photographs of core and socio… 

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  • I. ChristieB. Friedman
  • Psychology
    International journal of psychophysiology : official journal of the International Organization of Psychophysiology
  • 2004