Level of Disgust Correlates with Political Spectrum

Discussion in 'Political Discussions' started by Bill Huffman, Oct 30, 2020.

  1. Bill Huffman

    Bill Huffman Well-Known Member

    I watched this TED talk a few years ago but haven't seen anything since. I found it interesting though.

    What does a disgusting image have to do with how you vote? Equipped with surveys and experiments, psychologist David Pizarro demonstrates a correlation between your sensitivity to disgusting cues -- a photo of feces, an unpleasant odor -- and your own moral or political conservatism.


    Who are more disgusted by gross things, liberals or conservatives? Hint: my dear brother-in-law is very conservative and was so disgusted by his kids dirty diapers that he was not able to change them without gagging.
  2. Lerner

    Lerner Well-Known Member

    There was a time when sides had the same goal and vision for the USA, they argued and disagreed about the way to get there.

    Unlike today when some groups just want power and tear down everything exceptional and good that this country had and has.
    Going around the world apologizing. Politics got in to everything. Sports, Boy Scouts (accused of being homophobic), Girl Scouts, religion, and all aspects of life.
  3. Bill Huffman

    Bill Huffman Well-Known Member

    By disgusting things it is talking about fecal matter, vomit, smells that sort of thing that has a revulsion response, NOT politics disgusting things.
  4. SteveFoerster

    SteveFoerster Resident Gadfly Staff Member

    This tired OANN talking point doesn't even mean anything.

    You mean like when Mike Pence went to a football game just so he could publicly leave in a huff when the players didn't behave as he'd prefer?

    Scouting was being openly discriminatory and lost their ability to do so with public resources.
  5. Bill Huffman

    Bill Huffman Well-Known Member

    I think Lerner completely misunderstood what this was about.

    This TED talk is about an interesting correlation between the personal revulsion individuals feel when confronted with disgusting things like fecal matter, vomit, bad smells etc. and their political views. From this it would seem that political leanings are more hardwired than many would have guessed. The TED talk (linked in the opening post) is done by the scientist that discovered the correlation but here's a printed article that covers the basic findings.

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  6. Johann

    Johann Well-Known Member

    That's OK - but can he VOTE without gagging? :eek:
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  7. Bill Huffman

    Bill Huffman Well-Known Member

    Disgustology is the term coined to describe this general field of study. It would seem to be a difficult thing to test in a controlled setting.

    Seriously though, The Atlantic article described a study of counting bitter taste sensors on the tongue and finding the same strong correlation! So conservative folks are more sensitive to bitter tastes! That is just another finding disgustology that seems amazing to me.
  8. Johann

    Johann Well-Known Member

    Oh, wow. I may have to make a rush appointment with my disgustologist in a few days .... :eek:
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  9. SteveFoerster

    SteveFoerster Resident Gadfly Staff Member

    While a one-dimensional spectrum obscures the difference, I have the feeling this correlates specially to social conservatism and not fiscal conservatism. Same with those studies that compare amygdala size with political ideology.
  10. Bill Huffman

    Bill Huffman Well-Known Member

    That's an interesting theory. It would seem to make sense. They did one study where the idea being tested was whether or not an unpleasant odor would impact decisions. They asked the same set of social political type questions to two groups. One group in an area with an unpleasant odor and a control group. The answers to the questions leaned more conservative in the group with the unpleasant odor in the background. So it apparently made the subjects more conservative in their views.

    So anyway, while I don't remember reading that they explicitly stated social versus political conservativism. I'd guess they have the same conclusion?

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