Pathogen disgust sensitivity changes according to the perceived harshness of the environment

Carlota Batres, David I. Perrett

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Much research has explored behaviours that are linked with disgust sensitivity. Few studies, however, have been devoted to understanding how fixed or variable disgust sensitivity is. We therefore aimed to examine whether disgust sensitivity can change with the environment by repeatedly testing students whose environment was not changing as well as student cadets undergoing intensive training at an army camp. We found that an increase in the perceived harshness of the environment was associated with a decrease in pathogen disgust sensitivity. Our results support the idea that disgust sensitivity is malleable depending on the environment. More specifically, we propose that in a harsh environment, where survival may be more difficult, pathogen disgust sensitivity may decrease to allow the consumption of available resources.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages7
JournalCognition and Emotion
VolumeLatest Articles
Early online date7 May 2019
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 7 May 2019


  • Disgust sensitivity
  • Pathogen disgust
  • Sexual disgust
  • Moral disgust
  • Environment


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