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The “yuck” emotion: How disgust influences people’s risk perceptions and behaviour

When: Monday, 03 February 2020 - Monday, 03 February 2020
Where: Braamfontein Campus East
Emthonjeni Centre Auditorium
Start time:14:00

Professor Siegrist Michael from ETH Zürich, Switzerland will present this seminar.

Food intake, sexuality, or interactions with other humans not only have obvious benefits, but these activities are also associated with the risk of getting in contact with pathogens. Michael will present results of various experiments and surveys suggesting that disgust sensitivity is not only related to hygienic behavior, food intake, and food waste production, but other issues such as how immigrants are perceived. Disgust is also a factor that influences people’s risk perceptions of food hazards and the acceptance of novel food technologies. Disgust is an important emotion that protects us, but there is also a dark side to this emotion.


This lecture is hosted by the  School of Human and Community Development and the Global Change Institute.

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