Department Colloquia Series

The Department of Psychology invites to a lecture by

Professor Roger Giner-Sorolla, University of Kent at Canterbury, United Kingdom

on Thursday 15th August 2019, 15:15 – 16:45

The title of the lecture is

"Shame/Guilt and Disgust/Anger as Moral Emotions tracking Character/Acts"

The lecture takes place at the Library, Faculty of Social Sciences, Audit 1, Gothersgade 140, 1353 Copenhagen K

After the lecture the Department invites to a reception at Øster Farimagsgade 2A, 2nd floor, room 03-2-M202, 1353 Copenhagen K

Faculty, students and others with interest are welcome.


The related emotion pairs of shame/guilt and moral disgust/anger have provoked much disagreement as to how they should be distinguished and what purpose they serve. I argue for a unified model of anger and disgust, connecting earlier findings about different forms of morality with more recent findings that moral disgust in particular responds to cues of character without immediately harmful consequences. I will then show, via a number of published and unpublished studies, how shame and guilt are simply moral disgust and anger turned inwards. Most of the controversy about their distinctive features can be resolved through a unified model in which shame works to track social reputation about moral character, and guilt works to track the moral consequences of behaviour in a closer and more equal relationship.