Philosophical Psychology 35 (2):177-204 (2022)

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Ryan P. Doran
Universitat de Barcelona
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In this article, an account of the architecture of the cognitive contamination system is offered, according to which the contamination system can generate contamination represen- tations in circumstances that do not satisfy the norms of contamination, including in cases of mere visual contact with disgusting objects. It is argued that this architecture is important for explaining the content, logic, distribution, and persistence of maternal impression beliefs – according to which fetal defects are caused by the pregnant mother’s experiences and actions – which in turn provide important evidence of the architecture of the cognitive contamination system.
Keywords Disgust  Contamination  History of Medicine and Science  Cognitive Heuristics  Deformities  Alief-Belief Distinction  Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder  Cognitive Architecture  Negatively-Biased Credulity  Attentional Bias  Superstition
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DOI 10.1080/09515089.2021.1956447
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