That's Disgusting: Unraveling the Mysteries of Repulsion

That's Disgusting: Unraveling the Mysteries of Repulsion

by Rachel Herz PhD


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"A lively look at all things revolting." —New York Times Book Review

Why do we watch horror movies? What is the best way to persuade someone to quit smoking? And what on earth is the appeal of competitive eating? In this lively, colorful book, Rachel Herz answers these questions and more, shedding light on an incredible range of human traits—from food preferences and sexual attraction to moral codes and political ideology—by examining them through the lens of a fascinating subject: disgust. Combining lucid scientific explanations and fascinating research with a healthy dose of humor, That’s Disgusting illuminates issues that are central to our lives: love, hate, fear, empathy, prejudice, humor, and happiness.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780393344165
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 02/25/2013
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 405,242
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Rachel Herz is a neuroscientist specializing in perception and emotion. She teaches at Brown University and Boston College, and is a professional consultant. The author of The Scent of Desire and That’s Disgusting, she lives in Rhode Island.

Table of Contents

Preface ix

1 Let's Eat 1

2 A Snapshot of Disgust 28

3 Disgust on the Brain 58

4 Germ Warfare 77

5 Disgust Is Other People 102

6 Horror Show 132

7 Lust and Disgust 156

8 Law and Order 184

9 Disgust Lessons 210

Acknowledgments 235

Notes 237

Illustration Credits 263

Index 265

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