Disgust, but not anger provocation, enhances levator labii superioris activity during exposure to moral transgressions

Whitton, Alexis E., Henry, Julie D., Rendell, Peter G. and Grisham, Jessica R. (2014) Disgust, but not anger provocation, enhances levator labii superioris activity during exposure to moral transgressions. Biological Psychology, 96 1: 48-56. doi:10.1016/j.biopsycho.2013.11.012


Author Whitton, Alexis E.
Henry, Julie D.
Rendell, Peter G.
Grisham, Jessica R.
Title Disgust, but not anger provocation, enhances levator labii superioris activity during exposure to moral transgressions
Formatted title
Disgust, but not anger provocation, enhances levator labii superioris activity during exposure to moral transgressions
Journal name Biological Psychology   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0301-0511
1873-6246
Publication date 2014-01-01
Year available 2013
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.biopsycho.2013.11.012
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Volume 96
Issue 1
Start page 48
End page 56
Total pages 9
Place of publication Amsterdam, Netherlands
Publisher Elsevier
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Physical disgust is elicited by, and amplifies responses to, moral transgressions, suggesting that moral disgust may be a biologically expanded form of physical disgust. However, there is limited research comparing the effects of physical disgust to that of other emotions like anger, making it difficult to determine if the link between disgust and morality is unique. The current research evaluated the specificity of the relationship between disgust and morality by comparing links with anger, using state, physiological and trait measures of emotionality. Participants (. N=. 90) were randomly allocated to have disgust, anger or no emotion induced. Responses to images depicting moral, negative non-moral, and neutral themes were then recorded using facial electromyography. Inducing disgust, but not anger, increased psychophysiological responses to moral themes. Trait disgust, but not trait anger, correlated with levator labii responses to moral themes. These findings provide strong evidence of a unique link between physical disgust and morality. 
Keyword Anger
Corrugator supercilii
Disgust
Facial electromyography
Levator labii superioris
Moral judgement
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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Sub-type: Article (original research)
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