Background and objectives: Disgust is a basic emotion that is thought to play a role in the development of animal phobias. This study was conducted to test whether experimentally induced disgust also results in higher levels of fear and interpretation bias.
Methods: Children aged 9-13 years (N = 94) were asked to inspect a set of specimen characteristic of a novel animal and requested to form themselves an impression of it based on those characteristics. Half of the children were given a set of disgust-eliciting products in relation to the animal, whereas the other half received a set of neutral materials.
Results: The main results indicated that children in the disgust specimen group exhibited an increase in fear towards the novel animal and a stronger inclination to interpret ambiguous situations involving this animal in a more negative way as compared to children in the neutral specimen group.
Conclusion: These findings confirm that disgust has a fear-promoting effect.
|Number of pages||5|
|Journal||Journal of Behavior Therapy and Experimental Psychiatry|
|Publication status||Published - Jun 2012|
- Interpretation bias
- ANXIETY DISORDER