chapter  11
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Learning mechanisms in the acquisition of disgust peter j. De jong

Clearly, this pattern of findings is in line with the hypothesis that children acquire disgust via parental transmission. However, as these findings were correlational in nature, it requires complementary experimental research to test the alleged causality of the relationship between the parents’ and the children’s disgust responsivity. One approach could be to test whether intentional parental expressions of disgust upon uncovering a novel/unknown stimulus are effective in eliciting enhanced disgust responsivity in the child when confronted with this stimulus during a subsequent stage (cf. Gerull and Rapee, 2002).