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I obsessively clean because deontological guilt makes me feel physiologically disgusted!

Cristina Ottaviani, Alberto Collazzoni, Francesca D'Olimpio, Tania Rovetta, Francesco Mancini

ABSTRACT: The emotions of guilt and disgust play a pivotal role in obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). The present study hypothesized the existence of a distinctive relation between deontological (but not altruistic) guilt and subjective and physiological correlates of disgust. Moreover, we aimed at testing whether the evoked emotion of disgust may activate OCD-like washing behaviors. Gender-matched healthy participants were ...

Journal Article: Journal of Obsessive-Compulsive and Related Disorders, 2018.


Deontological morality can be experimentally enhanced by increasing disgust: A transcranial direct current stimulation study

Cristina Ottaviani⁠, Francesco Mancini, Samantha Provenzano, Alberto Collazzoni⁠ and Francesca D’Olimpio

Journal Article: Neuropsychologia, 2018.



Reducing the meta-emotional problem decreases physiological fear response during exposure in phobics

Alessandro Couyoumdjian, Cristina Ottaviani, Nicola Petrocchi, Roberta Trincas, Katia Tenore, Carlo Buonanno, Francesco Mancini

ABSTRACT: Anxiety disorders may not only be characterized by specific symptomatology (e.g., tachycardia) in response to the fearful stimulus (primary problem or first-level emotion) but also by the tendency to negatively evaluate oneself for having those symptoms (secondary problem or negative meta-emotion). An exploratory study was conducted driven by the hypothesis that reducing the secondary or meta-emotional problem would ...

Journal Article: Frontiers in psychology, (7), pp. 1105, 2016, ISSN: 1664-1078.


Association between Attention and Heart Rate Fluctuations in Pathological Worriers

Simone Gazzellini, Maria Dettori, Francesca Amadori, Barbara Paoli, Antonio Napolitano, Francesco Mancini, Cristina Ottaviani

ABSTRACT: Recent data suggests that several psychopathological conditions are associated with alterations in the variability of behavioral and physiological responses. Pathological worry, defined as the cognitive representation of a potential threat, has been associated with reduced variability of heart beat oscillations (i.e., decreased heart rate variability; HRV) and lapses of attention indexed by reaction times (RTs). ...

Journal Article: Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 10 , pp. 648, 2016, ISSN: 1662-5161.



Autonomic correlates of physical and moral disgust

Cristina Ottaviani, Francesco Mancini, Nicola Petrocchi, Barbara Medea, Alessandro Couyoumdjian

ABSTRACT: Abstract Given that the hypothesis of a common origin of physical and moral disgust has received sparse empirical support, this study aimed to shed light on the subjective and autonomic signatures of these two facets of the same emotional response. Participants (20 men, 20 women) were randomly assigned to physical or moral disgust induction by the use of audio scripts while their electrocardiogram was continuously ...

Journal Article: International Journal of Psychophysiology, 89 (1), pp. 57 - 62, 2013, ISSN: 0167-8760.