Event Abstract

Contextual disgust induced through affective priming influences moral judgments by making them less severe

  • 1 Universitat de les Illes Balears, Spain

Previous studies have not properly delimited if disgust exerts a domain-specific influence on moral judgments. Additionally, to the best of our knowledge, this is the first experiment investigating how affective priming can influence the moral judgment that a particular participant gives to a particular situation. The present study tests how contextual disgust induced through affective priming influences participant´s moral judgments. It is predicted that contextual induced disgust influences punctuations only in the stimulus selected as “moral dilemmas”. Forty participants (15 men) gave their punctuations for two versions of each dilemma (total 54 dilemas, 15 pairs moral and 12 pairs non-moral) one punctuation after a disgust prime and one after a neutral prime. A Pilot study was previously carried out in order to select which pairs of dilemmas differ in irrelevant variations. Disgusting images from IAPS were used as affective priming. Each dilemma was presented in vignettes that were accompanied with a 7-point Likert scale (from 7: very appropriate to 1: very inappropriate). Response time (RT) was considered and measured as a second dependent variable.Moral dilemmas were rated higher in appropriateness after affective priming than in neutral priming (p < .038). Interestingly, this was not the case for non-moral dilemmas (p < .815). Induction of contextual disgust through affective priming exerts a special influence on moral judgments by making them less severe. Importantly, this effect occurs just in the case of the appropriateness ratings that participants gave to moral dilemmas.

Keywords: emotion, Moral judgments

Conference: XI International Conference on Cognitive Neuroscience (ICON XI), Palma, Mallorca, Spain, 25 Sep - 29 Sep, 2011.

Presentation Type: Poster Presentation

Topic: Poster Sessions: Emotion, Motivation and the Social Brain

Citation: Olivera La Rosa A, Rosselló Mir J and Munar Roca E (2011). Contextual disgust induced through affective priming influences moral judgments by making them less severe. Conference Abstract: XI International Conference on Cognitive Neuroscience (ICON XI). doi: 10.3389/conf.fnhum.2011.207.00152

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Received: 17 Nov 2011; Published Online: 28 Nov 2011.

* Correspondence: Dr. Antonio Olivera La Rosa, Universitat de les Illes Balears, Palma, Mallorca, Spain, acensulay@yahoo.es

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