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Easily grossed out? You're more likely a conservative, study says (Cornell U.)
Cornell Chronicle ^ | June 3, 2009 | By Lauren Gold

Posted on 06/05/2009 4:48:53 AM PDT by Behind Liberal Lines

Are you someone who squirms when confronted with slime, shudders at stickiness or gets grossed out by gore? Do crawly insects make you cringe or dead bodies make you blanch?

If so, chances are you're more conservative -- politically, and especially in your attitudes toward gays and lesbians -- than your less-squeamish counterparts, according to two Cornell studies.

The results, said study leader David Pizarro, Cornell assistant professor of psychology, raise questions about the role of disgust -- an emotion that likely evolved in humans to keep them safe from potentially hazardous or disease-carrying environments -- in contemporary judgments of morality and purity.

In the first study, published in the journal Cognition & Emotion (Vol.23: No.4), Pizarro and co-authors Yoel Inbar of Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government and Paul Bloom of Yale University surveyed 181 U.S. adults from politically mixed "swing states." They subjected these adults to two indexes: the Disgust Sensitivity Scale (DSS), which offers various scenarios to assess disgust sensitivity, and a political ideology scale. From this they found a correlation between being more easily disgusted and political conservatism.

To test whether disgust sensitivity is linked to specific conservative attitudes, the researchers then surveyed 91 Cornell undergraduates with the DSS, as well as with questions about their positions on issues including gay marriage, abortion, gun control, labor unions, tax cuts and affirmative action.

Participants who rated higher in disgust sensitivity were more likely to oppose gay marriage and abortion, issues that are related to notions of morality or purity. The researchers also found a weak correlation between disgust sensitivity and support for tax cuts, but no link between disgust sensitivity and the other issues.

And in a separate study in the current issue of the journal Emotion (Vol.9: No.3), Pizarro and colleagues found a link between higher disgust sensitivity and disapproval of gays and lesbians. For this study, the researchers used implicit measures (measures that have been shown to assess attitudes people may be unwilling to report explicitly; or that they may not even know they possess).

Liberals and conservatives disagree about whether disgust has a valid place in making moral judgments, Pizarro noted. Conservatives have argued that there is inherent wisdom in repugnance; that feeling disgusted about something -- gay sex between consenting adults, for example -- is cause enough to judge it wrong or immoral, even lacking a concrete reason. Liberals tend to disagree, and are more likely to base judgments on whether an action or a thing causes actual harm.

Studying the link between disgust and moral judgment could help explain the strong differences in people's moral opinions, Pizarro said; and it could offer strategies for persuading some to change their views.

"People have pointed out for a long time that a lot of our moral values seem driven by emotion, and in particular, disgust appears to be one of those emotions that seems to be recruited for moral judgments," said Pizarro.

That can have tragic effects -- as in cases throughout history where minorities have been victims of discrimination by groups that perceived them as having disgusting characteristics.

The research speaks to a need for caution when forming moral judgments, Pizarro added. "Disgust really is about protecting yourself from disease; it didn't really evolve for the purpose of human morality," he said. "It clearly has become central to morality, but because of its origins in contamination and avoidance, we should be wary about its influences."

The studies were funded by Cornell


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1 posted on 06/05/2009 4:48:53 AM PDT by Behind Liberal Lines
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To: Behind Liberal Lines

YES - the liberals have desensified themselves so that nothing bothers them that is wrong, immoral or unethical.

Hollywood has done much to help with this - we no longer have to use our imagination in movies as to “what happened” off screen - it’s ON the screen very graphic.


2 posted on 06/05/2009 4:53:11 AM PDT by RebelTXRose
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To: Behind Liberal Lines

Well I’m not a big fan of slasher movies or turd burgling but dirt and bugs don’t bother me a bit.

Wonder how liberals react to field dressing a white tail?


3 posted on 06/05/2009 4:55:06 AM PDT by cripplecreek (The poor bastards have us surrounded.)
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To: Behind Liberal Lines

What a crock. I dealt with dead bodies regularly as part of my job and it didn’t bother me. However, the thought of killing a baby is abhorrent to me.

Abortion = bugs = slime

Someone is being paid to come up with this nonsense?


4 posted on 06/05/2009 4:55:38 AM PDT by CASchack
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To: Behind Liberal Lines

Yeah, I get grossed out by Gore.

Every time I see his fat, ugly mug.


5 posted on 06/05/2009 4:57:12 AM PDT by stentorian conservative (I'm tired of being Johnny B. Goode and I'm gonna start being Johnny Reb.)
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To: Behind Liberal Lines
"That can have tragic effects -- as in cases throughout history where minorities have been victims of discrimination by groups that perceived them as having disgusting characteristics."


6 posted on 06/05/2009 4:58:04 AM PDT by Rebelbase
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To: Behind Liberal Lines

I don’t think so. I gross out my liberal girlfriend all the time.


7 posted on 06/05/2009 4:59:10 AM PDT by Maceman
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To: cripplecreek
Well I’m not a big fan of slasher movies or turd burgling but dirt and bugs don’t bother me a bit.

Wonder how liberals react to field dressing a white tail?

Was thinking the exact same thing! I could sit through a slasher movie if I had to, but I have no desire to do so. Today's cinema is garbage.

Far as bugs, slime, eww, goo, etc... no problem, bring it on. I've spent too many hours under the hoods of automobiles and cut up on aluminum computer cases; this is a worthless study.

8 posted on 06/05/2009 4:59:40 AM PDT by rarestia ("One man with a gun can control 100 without one." - Lenin / MOLWN LABE!)
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To: Behind Liberal Lines

“...Easily grossed out? You’re more likely a conservative, study says..”

BS! Has anyone ever see a liberal field dress a buck?

I’m very conservative. Having grown up on a farm and after 25 years in health care, I can eat potted meat sandwiches and watch brain surgery. Solid cast iron stomach I have.


9 posted on 06/05/2009 5:00:07 AM PDT by Islander7 (If you want to anger conservatives, lie to them. If you want to anger liberals, tell them the truth.)
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To: Behind Liberal Lines

what a crock


10 posted on 06/05/2009 5:00:47 AM PDT by yldstrk (My heros have always been cowboys--Reagan and Bush)
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To: Behind Liberal Lines
IF THIS IS TRUE THEN START REPLAYING THE 9/11 ATTACKS EVERY DAY!!! Let us see how much reality the libs can take.

LLS

11 posted on 06/05/2009 5:02:42 AM PDT by LibLieSlayer (hussein will NEVER be my President... NEVER!!!)
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To: Rebelbase

I think I vomited a little in my mouth.


12 posted on 06/05/2009 5:06:37 AM PDT by cyborg (The Cyborg Show brought you by the Apple iPhone)
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To: Behind Liberal Lines

Yeah, fudge packing grosses me out. I’m conservative.


13 posted on 06/05/2009 5:08:11 AM PDT by Sig Sauer P220 (The great object is that every man be armed. - Patrick Henry)
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To: RebelTXRose
This Pizzaro guy is also suggesting that Leftwingtards are too stupid to protect themselves from disease ~ that for some reason they are genetic freaks who cannot feel "disgust" or take note of serious risks.

We all knew that didn't we?

14 posted on 06/05/2009 5:08:44 AM PDT by muawiyah
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To: cyborg
The Bible refers to dogs returning to their vomit. No doubt that expression is not understood by Leftwingtards ~ who, of course, regularly return to their vomit and lap it up over and over and over.

The modern replacement expression concerning "drinking koolaid" doesn't do justice to the need.

15 posted on 06/05/2009 5:11:00 AM PDT by muawiyah
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To: cripplecreek
LOL!

I don't enjoy field dressing, but it's necessary to get the meat!

(liberals think meat comes in nice plastic trays at the supermarket.)

I was at a hunt test this spring, and the gunners gut-shot a mallard. I wondered why my ordinarily well-behaved retriever was putting down the bird, turning it over with her paw, and picking it up again . . . until I took it from her and my hand went right in! It was fairly repulsive, but, hey, all in a day's work.

I think if a nine year old Labrador is grossed out, I have a right to be too.

16 posted on 06/05/2009 5:14:09 AM PDT by AnAmericanMother (Ministrix of ye Chasse, TTGC Ladies' Auxiliary (recess appointment))
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To: muawiyah

Agreed!


17 posted on 06/05/2009 5:15:55 AM PDT by cyborg (The Cyborg Show brought you by the Apple iPhone)
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To: Behind Liberal Lines

LOL. This article reads like satire. Sounds like a study with an agenda and not much conclusive data to back it up.


18 posted on 06/05/2009 5:15:58 AM PDT by Girlene
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To: rarestia

I think its safe to say that conservatives are disgusted by certain abnormal behaviors and liberals seek them out to wallow in them.

Regardless of your feelings on evolution, I think a total separation of conservatives and liberals could lead to some very interesting developments over the eons.


19 posted on 06/05/2009 5:17:25 AM PDT by cripplecreek (The poor bastards have us surrounded.)
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To: muawiyah
My dogs object to your comparison.

As it will be in the future, it was at the birth of Man
There are only four things certain since Social Progress began.
That the Dog returns to his Vomit and the Sow returns to her Mire,
And the burnt Fool's bandaged finger goes wabbling back to the Fire;

And that after this is accomplished, and the brave new world begins
When all men are paid for existing and no man must pay for his sins,
As surely as Water will wet us, as surely as Fire will burn,
The Gods of the Copybook Headings with terror and slaughter return!

- Mr. Kipling knew what was what. My dogs don't object if it's in verse. They are far more cultured than The One.

20 posted on 06/05/2009 5:18:48 AM PDT by AnAmericanMother (Ministrix of ye Chasse, TTGC Ladies' Auxiliary (recess appointment))
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To: cripplecreek
Think of it this way ~ Leftwingtards are desensitized, numbed, without empathy, brutish, .............

There are so many words that so clearly cover their grossness it's just gotta' make you think there are sound evolutionarily correct reasons why those words arose.

(Yup, this is a time even Creationists can cite Darwin's followers ~ they generally argue there are sound reasons for everything, and that's gotta' include "disgust").

21 posted on 06/05/2009 5:20:22 AM PDT by muawiyah
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To: Behind Liberal Lines
Good grief! It amazes me what passes for 'higher learning' now-days.

Do these educated idiot not realize they contradict themselves?

If so, chances are you're more conservative -- politically, and especially in your attitudes toward gays and lesbians

an emotion that likely evolved in humans to keep them safe from potentially hazardous or disease-carrying environments

'Gays and lesbians' ARE 'potentially hazardous or disease-carrying environments', you stupid schmucks, so finding them disgusting is a normal, natural reaction.

22 posted on 06/05/2009 5:25:08 AM PDT by MamaTexan (~*~*~*~*~ DICTATORS DON'T HAVE FRIENDS ~*~*~*~*~)
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To: muawiyah

Just guessing but I suspect liberals would evolve into a much smaller weaker species. They would likely lose a lot of genetic diversity due to bottlenecks brought on by low birth numbers because of abortion and homosexuality.


23 posted on 06/05/2009 5:27:24 AM PDT by cripplecreek (The poor bastards have us surrounded.)
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To: Behind Liberal Lines
chances are you're more conservative -- politically, and especially in your attitudes toward gays and lesbians -- than your less-squeamish counterparts

Evil disgusts me. Truth disgusts the liberals.

Crock study slanted against truth.
24 posted on 06/05/2009 5:28:14 AM PDT by presently no screen name
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To: cripplecreek
Regardless of your feelings on evolution, I think a total separation of conservatives and liberals could lead to some very interesting developments over the eons.

LMAO! They'd be out of money in 6 weeks and would die off in a few generations since everyone is forced to accept homosexuality and abortion would be rampant.

The problem with today's culture is that everything is disposable. Young adults-I use that word loosely-are in it for themselves and generally disdain responsiblity. Some girl gets knocked up, "Family Planning" helps her to get rid of her "problem." SICK!

25 posted on 06/05/2009 5:28:46 AM PDT by rarestia ("One man with a gun can control 100 without one." - Lenin / MOLWN LABE!)
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To: Behind Liberal Lines

Bump


26 posted on 06/05/2009 5:29:34 AM PDT by BunnySlippers (I LOVE BULL MARKETS . . .)
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To: Girlene
a study with an agenda

yep - the libs are more tolerant (less squeamish) of parasites.
27 posted on 06/05/2009 5:31:04 AM PDT by presently no screen name
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To: Behind Liberal Lines

What a bunch of.... I’m too squeamish to say....


28 posted on 06/05/2009 5:32:13 AM PDT by onedoug
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To: cripplecreek
Not exactly "smaller" but certainly "weaker". Species who succeed in living in the Arctic have either gotten massively large, or much smaller.

It's a personal body heat problem that can be resolved simply by evolving away from our tropical norms.

Leftwingtards might not change size, but since they are clearly not using their brains for anything, they would become more bovine than they are now. I would expect strong herd instincts to arrise.

29 posted on 06/05/2009 5:33:23 AM PDT by muawiyah
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To: Behind Liberal Lines

You have to go a long way to gross me out. And while I do not find abortion, homosexuality, etc “gross” I do find them morally repugnant and yes even (gasp) WRONG. But in the end, it is not my moral outrage that counts, but God’s.

Another study where the data were interpreted in a manner consistent with the desired outcome. My kids do that all the time! I wonder how much we paid for this whopper.


30 posted on 06/05/2009 5:35:20 AM PDT by Mom MD (Jesus is the Light of the world!)
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To: Behind Liberal Lines

Stuff doesn’t bother me, and I’m a conservative.

Then again, I worked in crash recovery for ten years while I was in the Air Force.


31 posted on 06/05/2009 5:39:06 AM PDT by Tennessee_Bob (Save the Hispaniolan Solenodon!)
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To: Behind Liberal Lines
These 'studies' are disgusting.


32 posted on 06/05/2009 5:41:21 AM PDT by Condor51 (The difference between stupidity and genius is that genius has its limits)
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To: Behind Liberal Lines

Surely, it took several Million dollars of Pork “stimulus” to come up with this brilliance.

Now this is something truly worth while to know and advances our technology or economic health to new levels! </s.>


33 posted on 06/05/2009 5:45:29 AM PDT by PSYCHO-FREEP (Give me LIBERTY or give me an M-24A2!)
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To: Behind Liberal Lines

This ARTICLE disgusts me! LOL.


34 posted on 06/05/2009 5:45:40 AM PDT by 2harddrive (then)
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To: Behind Liberal Lines

Doesn’t surprise me.

Libs are a rather coarse group, all things considered!


35 posted on 06/05/2009 6:13:09 AM PDT by Daisyjane69
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To: Daisyjane69

Libs can handle counting baby parts to make sure the abortion is complete. I would say that denotes someone who is absent any compassion or humanity.


36 posted on 06/05/2009 6:54:42 AM PDT by Tessarie
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37 posted on 06/05/2009 7:12:53 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/__Since Jan 3, 2004__Profile updated Monday, January 12, 2009)
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To: RebelTXRose

I have a lib sister in law who loves the slasher movies but cannot handle raw chicken. It grosses her out. This is an attitude that I have noticed with other libs too, they like to see the gore but cannot handle really dealing with it on a personal level. I cannot stand to watch those kinds of movies and have no problems with butchering chickens. It seems to me to be a problem with accepting reality and dealing with it, not just watching some type of fantasy on the screen and not having to clean up the gore. I can just imagine how sister in law would react if she had to clean up something like she likes to see in the movies, the whining and crying would be epic.


38 posted on 06/05/2009 7:19:59 AM PDT by Ann de IL
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To: Behind Liberal Lines

Well. I was pretty grossed out when Joe Theismann broke his leg and they showed it over and over and over. Still get sympathy pains in my legs when I think about it...

I’m okay with blood and cuts and exposed internal organs. But I see somebody snap a bone? I shudder and my stomach starts turning as the “pain” runs through my own limbs.


39 posted on 06/05/2009 7:27:31 AM PDT by Hatteras
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To: SunkenCiv; governsleastgovernsbest; gaspar; NativeNewYorker; drjimmy; Atticus; John Valentine; ...
City of Evil bump:


40 posted on 06/05/2009 7:28:35 AM PDT by Behind Liberal Lines
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To: Behind Liberal Lines

I see the steady march towards labeling conservatism a mental disorder or a genetic defect proceeds apace.


41 posted on 06/05/2009 7:39:46 AM PDT by Miss Marple
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To: Behind Liberal Lines
Far above Cayugas Waters

There she stands Cornell

That smell is not Cayugas waters

That smell is Cornell.

Rah Rah Rah!

42 posted on 06/05/2009 7:45:42 AM PDT by Don Corleone ("Oil the gun..eat the cannolis. Take it to the Mattress.")
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To: Miss Marple
I see the steady march towards labeling conservatism a mental disorder or a genetic defect proceeds apace.

Yeah, this is just the natural progression of twenty years of political correctness.

43 posted on 06/05/2009 7:47:40 AM PDT by Behind Liberal Lines
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To: Behind Liberal Lines; Rebelbase

44 posted on 06/05/2009 8:04:25 AM PDT by presidio9 (Islam is as Islam does.)
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To: Behind Liberal Lines

Perhaps in the next study, they could see how liberals/conservatives react to the following:

steaks cooked rare
radioactivity
aborted fetuses
deer hunting
putting panties on the heads of terrorists


45 posted on 06/05/2009 8:09:54 AM PDT by kidd (Obama: The triumph of hope over evidence)
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To: Behind Liberal Lines
I guess I do get grossed out kind of easily


46 posted on 06/05/2009 8:11:12 AM PDT by reagan_fanatic (When you put Democrats in charge, stupid things happen)
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To: reagan_fanatic

Ah, yes, the Whoopster...or as they referred to her back when she was Mrs. Ted Danson, proof positive that white men can’t see.

47 posted on 06/05/2009 8:15:16 AM PDT by RichInOC (No! BAD Rich! (What'd I say?))
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To: Behind Liberal Lines
Do crawly insects make you cringe or dead bodies make you blanch?

Remind which group it is that supports submerging a crucifix in a jar of urine in the name of art on the public dollar yet cannot tolerate or stomach seeing photos of aborted fetal "tissue".

48 posted on 06/05/2009 8:16:37 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (June 4, 2009 - the day Barack Obama threw all of America under the bus.)
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To: Behind Liberal Lines; Revolting cat!
Are you someone who squirms when confronted with slime, shudders at stickiness...? If so, chances are you're more conservative -- politically, and especially in your attitudes toward gays and lesbians...

Ugh, thanks for the "imagery".

49 posted on 06/05/2009 8:18:47 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (June 4, 2009 - the day Barack Obama threw all of America under the bus.)
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To: Behind Liberal Lines
These researchers are idiots. They assume disgust is the independent (causal) variable, but this is a correlational study. CORRELATION DOES NOT IMPLY CAUSATION!!!

It could be, on the contrary, that those who have an ethical value system, and strong moral judgments, are more likely to experience disgust.

Disgust is an emotion that is about the rejection of something -- whether a thing or an idea. If you have no morals, of course you will be less disgusted by things. After all, you don't reject any ideas. But if you have strong morals, you will be more likely to be disgusted -- you will reject more ideas, because you have a moral system that allows you to manage which ideas are acceptable and which are not.

So, it is more likely that objective morality (acknowledged by conservatives) leads to higher disgust sensitivity, and not vice versa.

I have not read the study, but if these researchers fail to acknowledge this obvious, alternative scenario, they are morons. But the obvious reality is that they have a leftist agenda with this research, and they could give a crap about the truth of what they are studying.
50 posted on 06/05/2009 8:25:36 AM PDT by bdeaner (The bread which we break, is it not a participation in the body of Christ? (1 Cor. 10:16))
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