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Domain specificity of disgust on political ideology in Australia

Fitzgerald, AK (2016) Domain specificity of disgust on political ideology in Australia. Honours thesis, University of Tasmania.

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Abstract

Disgust can influence the way we make judgments about political issues. Most
research has measured a general perspective of disgust, rather than examining its
domain specificity. The aim of this study was to undertake a domain specific
investigation of this relationship. This was done by analysing changes to specific
socio-political views that occurred as a result of experimental manipulation of the
three disgust factors; core, contamination and animal-reminder. Participants were
136 male (n = 26) and female (n = 109) University of Tasmania undergraduate
students aged between 17 and 61 years. Participants first completed the Australian
Political Ideology Scale (APIS) online. A week later, the same participants were
shown 10 pictures depicting either core disgust, contamination disgust, animal reminder
disgust or a neutral mood, then completed the APIS again. The elicitation
of contamination disgust caused a significant increase in conservative views across
APIS scores (p = .018) while core and animal-reminder disgusts did not show
effects. These findings suggest the effect of disgust on political ideology may be
domain specific. This research is the first of its kind in an Australian population and
contributes meaningful results to a growing field. Substantiation of these results in
larger and international samples is justified.

Item Type: Thesis (Honours)
Keywords: Contamination, conservative, liberal, emotion, decision-making.
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Date Deposited: 03 May 2017 04:40
Last Modified: 03 May 2017 05:04
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