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Ginger can affect people's moral responses
Ginger was chosen as a medicinal plant in 2018, which says a lot about the miracle bulb. However, researchers recently showed in a Canadian study that the tuber has much more to offer: it also influences our moral decisions.
Influence on moral reactions
Ginger is not only extremely healthy, it can also help you lose weight. But the tuber has a much greater impact on humans. Researchers from the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada, have found that ginger can also affect our moral responses. The results of the scientists were published in the journal "Personality and Social Psychology".
It has long been known that ginger is healthy and also helps against pain and illness. This is how ginger relieves menstrual pain. Ginger is sometimes used even in cancer therapy.
According to the German Cancer Aid, the root has a convincing effect against the stomach problems associated with chemotherapy as well as against nausea and vomiting.
In addition, ginger is effective for colds.
The tuber is also popular as a home remedy for a feeling of fullness. It also works for digestive problems, diarrhea and numerous other complaints.
In natural medicine, the root has long been used against high blood lipid levels. In addition, ginger has an anti-inflammatory effect and can help to strengthen the immune system.
Even bad breath can be fought with ginger.
Effects on the human psyche
But ginger also has an impact on our psyche, as the Canadian scientists now discovered.
As reported on the Psychology Today portal, the research team led by Professor Jessica Tracy of the University of British Columbia found that inhibiting disgust reduces disapproval of certain moral violations. They contained the disgust with ginger.
Study participants had to rate disgusting pictures
In order to arrive at their results, the researchers divided the study participants into two groups. The subjects in one group took ginger pills, the others swallowed placebos without knowing which tablets they were given.
After 40 minutes in which the ginger could work, the participants saw some disgusting pictures, for example showing vomit, and rated them on a scale from 1 (not at all disgusted) to 7 (very disgusted).
According to "Psychology Today", the very repulsive pictures were not rated differently by the participants, but the moderately disgusting pictures were rated by the subjects of the ginger group as less repulsive compared to those who had taken a placebo.
Assess moral conflict situations
In a second set of topics, the participants should assess moral conflict situations.
In moderately difficult scenarios like the story of a man ordering an inflatable sex doll who looks like his secretary, people who consumed ginger showed less rejection and disgust than those who took a placebo.
However, when it came to a man who ate his run over dog because he was curious about what dog meat tastes like, ginger had no effect on the moral judgment. It seems that ginger reduces disgust in moderate but not difficult scenarios.
So the study suggests that ginger also affects moral revulsion - to a point. And this has an impact on making decisions. (ad)