Journal article

When (fake) beauty turns ugly: Plastic surgery as a moral violation

Sarah Bonell, Sean C Murphy, Emma Austen, Scott Griffiths



Plastic surgery is a popular form of appearance modification. Nonetheless, attitudes toward the recipients of plastic surgery remain divided. These attitudes may be indicative of an underlying moralisation of plastic surgery in contemporary society. To test this hypothesis, we examined perceptions of plastic surgery in the context of Moral Foundations Theory – a formal framework in which morality is categorised into five innate foundations: Sanctity, Care, Fairness, Loyalty, and Authority. Across two complementary online surveys with samples of 385 undergraduate psychology students (75% female) and 1533 sexual minority men, respectively, we investigated participants’ valuation of each moral ..

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Awarded by National Health and Medical Research Council Early Career Fellowship

Funding Acknowledgements

Sarah Bonell is under the supervision of Scott Griffiths, who is supported by a National Health and Medical Research Council Early Career Fellowship (grant number: 1121538). The funder had no role in the study design, data collection or analysis, write-up of the manuscript, or the decision to submit the manuscript for publication.