Hypnotic disgust makes moral judgments more severe

  • Wheatley T
  • Haidt J
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Abstract

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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Authors

  • Thalia Wheatley

  • Jonathan Haidt

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