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How and why disgust responses underlie prejudice: Evidence from the field

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Correspondence: Michael Bang Petersen, Aarhus Institute of Advanced Studies and Department of Political Science, Høegh-Guldbergs Gade 6B, 8000 Aarhus C, Denmark Aarhus C, Denmark. Email:


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