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Hand Washing Induces a Clean Slate Effect in Moral Judgments: A Pupillometry and Eye-Tracking Study

Overview of attention for article published in Scientific Reports, May 2015
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Title
Hand Washing Induces a Clean Slate Effect in Moral Judgments: A Pupillometry and Eye-Tracking Study
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Scientific Reports, May 2015
DOI 10.1038/srep10471
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Authors

Kai Kaspar, Vanessa Krapp, Peter König

Abstract

Physical cleansing is commonly understood to protect us against physical contamination. However, recent studies showed additional effects on moral judgments. Under the heading of the "Macbeth effect" direct links between bodily cleansing and one's own moral purity have been demonstrated. Here we investigate (1) how moral judgments develop over time and how they are altered by hand washing, (2) whether changes in moral judgments can be explained by altered information sampling from the environment, and (3) whether hand washing affects emotional arousal. Using a pre-post control group design, we found that morality ratings of morally good and bad scenes acquired more extreme values in the control group over time, an effect that was fully counteracted by intermediate hand washing. This result supports the notion of a clean slate effect by hand washing. Thereby, eye-tracking data did not uncover differences in eye movement behavior that may explain differences in moral judgments. Thus, the clean slate effect is not due to altered information sampling from the environment. Finally, compared to the control group, pupil diameter decreased after hand washing, thus demonstrating a direct physiological effect. The results shed light on the physiological mechanisms behind this type of embodiment phenomenon.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
Spain 1 3%
United Kingdom 1 3%
Brazil 1 3%
Turkey 1 3%
Unknown 32 89%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Bachelor 10 28%
Student > Ph. D. Student 9 25%
Student > Master 5 14%
Researcher 4 11%
Professor 3 8%
Other 5 14%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Psychology 19 53%
Neuroscience 4 11%
Medicine and Dentistry 3 8%
Business, Management and Accounting 3 8%
Engineering 2 6%
Other 5 14%

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