Further evidence for associations between short-term mating strategy and sexual disgust

O'Shea, K. J. , Debruine, L. M. and Jones, B. C. (2019) Further evidence for associations between short-term mating strategy and sexual disgust. Personality and Individual Differences, 138, pp. 333-335. (doi:10.1016/j.paid.2018.10.019)

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Abstract

Al-Shawaf et al. (2015, Evolution & Human Behavior, 36, 199–205) found that people who were more interested in pursuing a short-term mating strategy (indexed by higher total scores on the Revised Sociosexual Orientation Inventory) reported less sexual disgust (indexed by lower scores on the sexual disgust subscale of the Three Domain Disgust Scale). By contrast with these results for sexual disgust, Al-Shawaf et al. (2015) observed no significant associations between interest in pursuing a short-term mating strategy and moral or pathogen disgust. This pattern of results, wherein sociosexuality correlates with lower sexual disgust but is unconnected to disgust more generally, may indicate specific cognitive adaptations that counter the possible disgust responses associated with engaging in short-term mating. Here we replicated Al-Shawaf et al.'s (2015) findings for sexual disgust and sociosexual orientation in a large sample (N = 7166). Although we found that individuals who were more interested in pursuing a short-term mating strategy reported significantly lower moral disgust, these relationships were very weak. Together, these results suggest a robust relationship between disgust and short-term mating that is relatively specific to sexual disgust.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:O'Shea, Dr Kieran and Jones, Professor Benedict and Debruine, Professor Lisa
Authors: O'Shea, K. J., Debruine, L. M., and Jones, B. C.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > Institute of Neuroscience and Psychology
Journal Name:Personality and Individual Differences
Publisher:Elsevier
ISSN:0191-8869
ISSN (Online):1873-3549
Published Online:24 October 2018
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2018 Elsevier
First Published:First published in Personality and Individual Differences 138:333-335
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher
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Project CodeAward NoProject NamePrincipal InvestigatorFunder's NameFunder RefLead Dept
672531KINSHIP: How do humans recognise kin?Lisa DebruineEuropean Research Council (ERC)647910RI NEUROSCIENCE & PSYCHOLOGY