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More from ongoing investigation of biased assimilation, disgust, & ideology

"Yesterday," I served up some data on the relationship between disgust and ideological outlooks. The findings were relevant to assessing whether disgust sensibilities mediate only conservative or instead both conservative and liberal appraisals of empirical evidence of the riskiness of behavior that offends their respective values.

Here are some related data.

Study essentials:
  1. Subjects exposed to disgust stimulus (one that shows target of disgust judgment in vivid display).
  2. Subjects then instructed to rate relative persuasiveness of pairs of risk-perception studies that use different methods & reach opposing results.
  3. The subjects' evaluation of the relative quality of methods of studies are then measured conditional on manipulated conclusion (“not safe”/“safe”) of studies
.Results analyzed separately in terms of political outlooks & GM food-disgust rating:


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Reader Comments (3)

Thanks for sharing!

A few questions/thoughts...
1. What does the Disgust (z-score) vs Left_right plot look like for GM foods for your sample? I don't see it in either your previous post on the subject or your working paper (from the left panel of Fig 4 in your paper I would guess it's flat).
2. For interpreting this data, it might be useful to see the exact distribution of Disgust ratings ("absolute" Disgust) used to generate the Disgust (z-score). It looks like it's asymmetrical, but it would be good to see how much.
3. Similar to 2, it might be interesting to see a version of these plots with an absolute x-scale (e.g. Disgust in units of the first figure in your previous post). Are there trends with "absolute" Disgust and how quickly the lines for the two study assessments deviate?
4. To combine 2 & 3, if the distribution of "absolute" Disgust is asymmetrical and weighted towards neutral, does that help explain how close the two "safe" and "not safe" branches stick together at low Disgust (z-score)? I.e. the opinion may be extreme for the sample, but on average the person still isn't too disgusted with GM foods?

Hope the questions aren't too naive: I'm a first time poster from a different discipline (computational astrophysics, not exactly a social science...), so there's a lot I don't know about...


September 12, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterZach Hafen

@Zach-- very appropriate questions;. More anon

September 12, 2017 | Registered CommenterDan Kahan

link drop:

non-paywall version of paper here:

September 12, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterJonathan

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