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Title: Prejudice towards gay men and a need for physical cleansing
Authors: Golec, A.
Waldzus, S.
Cypryanska, M.
Keywords: Prejudice
Issue Date: 2014
Publisher: Academic Press/Elsevier
Abstract: The results of four studies suggest that contamination concerns involved in prejudice towards male homosexuals may be expressed in the increased need for physical cleansing after an imagined contact with a homosexual man. Participants in Study 1 completed word fragments according to the theme of cleansing, and in Study 2, they chose a cleansing wipe more often after imagining using a mobile phone of a homosexual (vs. heterosexual) man. The need for cleansing was specific to the body parts engaged in the contact In Study 3, participants evaluated hand and mouth cleansing products as more desirable after imagining using a mobile phone of a homosexual (vs. heterosexual) man. The specific need for cleansing, but not the accessibility of cleansing related words, was more pronounced among political conservatives (Study 4). The results are discussed with reference to the behavioral immune system hypothesis, research on moral disgust, and the embodiment literature.
Description: WOS:000338811300001
Peer reviewed: yes
DOI: 10.1016/j.jesp.2014.04.001
ISSN: 0022-1031
Appears in Collections:CIS-RI - Artigos em revistas científicas internacionais com arbitragem científica

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