Too humanlike to increase my appetite: Disposition to anthropomorphize animals relates to decreased meat consumption through empathic concern

Aleksandra Niemyjska , Katarzyna Cantarero , Katarzyna Byrka , Bilewicz Michał


People who exclude meat from their diets are not only devoid of situational pressures to disengage morally anddeny humanlike mental states to animals but also they may be dispositionally more inclined to ascribe human-like qualities to non-human animals than omnivores. The aim of this research was to test whether individualdifferences in anthropomorphism are related to empathic connection with non-human animals and hence de-creased meat consumption. In two studies (N = 588) we confirmed that decreased meat consumption was as-sociated with both increased recognition of human features of animals and increased empathy to animals. Mostimportantly, our data support a model in which animals’ anthropomorphism predicts empathy. Empathy, inturn, increases the importance that potential animal harm plays in dietary choices regarding meat, leading toreduced meat consumption
Author Aleksandra Niemyjska (Wydział Zamiejscowy w Sopocie)
Aleksandra Niemyjska,,
- Wydział Zamiejscowy w Sopocie
, Katarzyna Cantarero (Wydział Zamiejscowy w Sopocie)
Katarzyna Cantarero,,
- Wydział Zamiejscowy w Sopocie
, Katarzyna Byrka (Filia we Wrocławiu / II Wydział Psychologii we Wrocławiu)
Katarzyna Byrka,,
- II Wydział Psychologii we Wrocławiu
, Bilewicz Michał
Bilewicz Michał,,
Journal seriesAppetite, ISSN 0195-6663, (A 35 pkt)
Issue year2018
Publication size in sheets0.5
Keywords in EnglishMeat consumption, Anthropomorphism, Empathy, Animal welfare
ASJC Classification2916 Nutrition and Dietetics; 3200 General Psychology
Languageen angielski
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Score (nominal)35
Score sourcejournalList
Publication indicators Scopus SNIP (Source Normalised Impact per Paper): 2017 = 1.268; WoS Impact Factor: 2017 = 3.174 (2) - 2017=3.691 (5)
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