The psychology of eating animals

Loughnan, Steve, Bastian, Brock and Haslam, Nick (2014) The psychology of eating animals. Current Directions in Psychological Science, 23 2: 104-108. doi:10.1177/0963721414525781


Author Loughnan, Steve
Bastian, Brock
Haslam, Nick
Title The psychology of eating animals
Journal name Current Directions in Psychological Science   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1467-8721
0963-7214
Publication date 2014-04-01
Year available 2014
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1177/0963721414525781
Volume 23
Issue 2
Start page 104
End page 108
Total pages 5
Place of publication Thousand Oaks, CA, United States
Publisher SAGE Publications
Language eng
Abstract Most people both eat animals and care about animals. Research has begun to examine the psychological processes that allow people to negotiate this "meat paradox." To understand the psychology of eating animals, we examine characteristics of the eaters (people), the eaten (animals), and the eating (the behavior). People who value masculinity, enjoy meat and do not see it as a moral issue, and find dominance and inequality acceptable are most likely to consume animals. Perceiving animals as highly dissimilar to humans and as lacking mental attributes, such as the capacity for pain, also supports meat-eating. In addition to these beliefs, values, and perceptions, the act of eating meat triggers psychological processes that regulate negative emotions associated with eating animals. We conclude by discussing the implications of this research for understanding the psychology of morality.
Keyword Animals
Food
Mind
Morality
Identity
Emotion
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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