With a Clean Conscience

@article{Schnall2008WithAC,
  title={With a Clean Conscience},
  author={Simone Schnall and Jennifer Benton and Sophie Harvey},
  journal={Psychological Science},
  year={2008},
  volume={19},
  pages={1219 - 1222}
}
Theories of moral judgment have long emphasized reasoning and conscious thought while downplaying the role of intuitive and contextual influences. However, recent research has demonstrated that incidental feelings of disgust can influence moral judgments and make them more severe. This study involved two experiments demonstrating that the reverse effect can occur when the notion of physical purity is made salient, thus making moral judgments less severe. After having the cognitive concept of… 

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