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Relationship between body mass index and moral disapproval rating for ethical violations

Citation

Vicario, CM and Rafal, RD, Relationship between body mass index and moral disapproval rating for ethical violations, Personality and Individual Differences, 104 pp. 8-11. ISSN 0191-8869 (2017) [Refereed Article]

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Crown Copyright 2016

DOI: doi:10.1016/j.paid.2016.07.027

Abstract

Evidence documents a direct relationship between disgust processing and Body Mass Index (BMI). People with high BMI tend to have a lower disgust sensitivity (DS) threshold, while this trait is more accentuated in people with low BMI. Here we provide new insights to this issue by exploring the relationship between BMI and the experience of moral disgust. Results document a significant negative correlation between BMI and moral disapproval rating (MDR) for ethical violations, in that the higher the BMI the lower the MDR. In concordance with previous investigations, we also found that BMI correlates with DS, as measured with a standard test, in that the higher the BMI the lower the DS. Overall, the main result of this paper, which might have direct implication for research in social justice, highlights the relevance of BMI, as an individual variable, in predicting ethical behavior.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:BMI Moral decision making
Research Division:Psychology and Cognitive Sciences
Research Group:Psychology
Research Field:Personality, Abilities and Assessment
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding Knowledge in Psychology and Cognitive Sciences
Author:Vicario, CM (Dr Carmelo Vicario)
ID Code:114369
Year Published:2017
Web of Science® Times Cited:1
Deposited By:Psychology
Deposited On:2017-02-14
Last Modified:2017-05-09
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