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of Maine, Experimental-Social Psychology
Favorite Teacher of the Year: VJC (1989)
Eastern Psychological Association
Capitol Area Social Psychological Association
Bibliography of Psychological
theme of my research reflects my curiosity about the the emotion
of disgust. I am especially interested in further articulating
the definition of disgust by exploring the differences between
visceral disgust (i.e., your response when you see someone lick
a flyswatter--even if it is clean) and the disgust emotion evoked
by moral dilemmas (e.g., your response to America's fascination
with the details that only Monica can provide). To this end,
my research focuses on identifying the personality characteristics
which correlate with differing levels of disgust sensitivity.
For instance, one specific area of my research examines on the
relationship between the personality parameter of neuroticism
and the characteristic of Disgust Sensitivity, especially as
it applies to successful training as a nurse.
Another (recently published!) facet of my
work, in collaboration with Martin Sherman and J. Quigley (Loyola
College of Maryland), employs the statistical construct of moderator
variables to develop a model of the relationship between one's
threshold for disgust and their willingness to donate organs.
Another, more pragmatic, are of research
in which I am involved focuses on the development and validation
of new, more efficient personality-based screening batteries
for use in the therapeutic environent.
Sherman, N., Sherman, M. Smith, R., Rickert-Wilbur,
P. (1999). Disgust Sensitivity and Attitudes toward organ donation
among African American students. Presented at the Eastern Psychological
Association Meeting (Providence, R. I.)
Quigley, J., Sherman, M. & Sherman, N.
(1996). Personality Disorder
Symptoms, Gender and age as predictors of adolescent
Journal of Personality and Individual Differences,
Sherman, N. (1996)."Disgust Sensitivity
among College Women by Major,"
Presented at the Eastern Psychological Association
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