My baby doesn't smell as bad as yours

intimate social bond or elicitor familiarity?

Research output: Contribution to journalMeeting abstract


The factors that influence the intensity of disgust to core elicitors (e.g., faeces) have received scant attention. Tolerance might result from repeated exposure to disgust elicitors or the intimacy of the social bond with the source of the disgust elicitor. In Study 1, mothers of infants completed a self-report questionnaire about their reactions to changing their baby's faeces-soiled nappy compared to changing that of a strange baby's nappy. In Study 2, mothers of infants were presented with a series of trials in which they smelled concealed samples of their own baby's faeces-soiled nappy and that of a strange baby. In addition, the source of the samples was either correctly or incorrectly identified. The results are discussed in terms of the important influence that social bonds have on the emotion of disgust.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)113-113
Number of pages1
JournalAustralian Journal of Psychology
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2002

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