Not a ‘coincidence’
- Your friend shows you a big, oozing lesion on his foot.
- Feeling something sticky on a door handle.
- You pour lumpy stale milk on your cereal.
- A hairless old cat rubs up against your leg.
- Watching a woman pick her nose
- On television you see someone eat a raw fish head.
- Seeing a cockroach run across your path.
‘Biological and cultural’
In his own research, he suggests that to understand the range of human disgust reactions, we must look to “both biological and cultural evolution.”
Jana Schaich Borg, an assistant research professor at the Duke Institute for Brain Sciences, noted that “disgust, as a phenomenon, has gained a lot of attention in the past decade,” with many researchers studying the “functions of disgust” and not just its “neurobiological underpinnings.”
hough collecting data online is not ideal and so a weakness of the study, Schaich Borg, who did not play a role in the new research, noted that it “provides enough valid data” on which to base future research.