Health

How to get people to eat bugs and drink sewage

In wealthy societies we've become increasingly picky about what we eat. The "wrong" fruits and vegetables, the "wrong" animal parts, and the "wrong" animals inspire varying degrees of "yuck."

Neuroscience

Unhealthy behaviors trigger same brain responses as bad smells

Unhealthy behaviors trigger moral judgments that are similar to the basic emotions that contribute to our ability to survive. Two hypotheses are prevalent in the current scientific literature as to the identity of these emotions. ...

Psychology & Psychiatry

Feeling disgust may enhance our ability to detect impurities

Disgust – it's an emotion we experience when we encounter things that are dirty, impure, or otherwise contaminated. From an evolutionary standpoint, experiencing the intense, visceral sense of revulsion that comes with ...

Psychology & Psychiatry

We all feel disgust but why do some of us turn it on ourselves?

Disgust is a universal emotion – we all get disgusted by things, just as we all experience other "basic" emotions, such as happiness and sadness. Disgust has many functions. It protects us from products that might cause ...

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