Compred to other emotions, there has been a lack of research on disgust as it relates to psychopathology. Of the extant research, disgust has been shown to be implicated in various anxiety disorders and consist of three domains: core, animal-reminder, and contamination disgust. There is evidence that these domains are correlated with disgust-relevant anxiety disorders, and this sensitivity to specific disgust domains have different topographical presentations. This study aims to determine if priming participants with different domain-specific videos (core, animal-reminder, neutral) and then completing a disgust-related behavioral avoidance task that is specific to the core domain, will lead to greater behavioral avoidance to the disgust-related task. The results indicate that those who were exposed to a Domain-Congruent video exhibited greater avoidance and self-reported disgust than those who were exposed to the Domain-Incongruent and Neutral videos. These findings suggest it may be appropriate to add disgust to the exposure paradigm.


Barry J. Ries

First Committee Member

Andrea Lassiter

Second Committee Member

Steven P. Gilbert

Date of Degree




Document Type



Master of Arts (MA)



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