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That's Disgusting: Unraveling the Mysteries of Repulsionby Rachel Herz
Synopses & Reviews
Disgust originated to prevent us from eating poisonous food, but this simple safety mechanism has since evolved into a uniquely human emotion that dictates how we treat others, shapes our cultural norms, and even has implications for our mental and physical health. illuminates the science behind disgust, tackling such colorful topics as cannibalism, humor, and pornography to address larger questions: Why do sources of disgust vary among people and societies? Where does disgust come from in our brain and what deeper fears does it reflect? How does disgust influence our individual personalities, our daily lives, and our values? It turns out that disgust underlies more than we realize, from political ideologies to the lure of horror movies. Drawing on surprising research in psychology and evolutionary biology, shows us that disgust mirrors human nature and, as a result, is as complex and varied as we are.
Book News Annotation:
Oddly enough, lust and disgust activate the same area of the human brain. In this book for general readers and undergraduates, Herz (psychology, Brown U.) combines fact, narrative, and humor to explore the universal reaction of disgust. The author, who has been studying the sense of smell since 1990 and the emotion of disgust since 2008, draws on current research in psychology and neurology to explain how and why disgust is elicited, our perverse attraction to it, and its consequences for individuals and society. Touching on food, sex, politics, disease, and addiction, the author examines interesting questions such as how disgust can be manipulated to incite genocide or to influence courtroom sentencing. The book includes b&w photos. Annotation ©2012 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
An entertaining and revealing look at the science behind the emotion of disgust.
About the Author
Rachel Herz teaches at Brown University. She is the author of The Scent of Desire and regularly consults on the psychology of smell for multinational companies and as an expert witness.
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