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Registered Replication Report: Study 3 from Trafimow and Hughes (2012)

Registered Replication Report: Study 3 from Trafimow and Hughes (2012)

Rife, Sean, Lambert, Quinn, Calin-Jageman, Robert, Matus, Adamkovic, Banik, Gabriel, Barberia, Itxaso, Beaudry, Jennifer, Bernauer, Hanna, Calvillo, Dustin, Chopik, William, David, Louise, de Beijer, Ismay, Evans, Thomas ORCID: 0000-0002-6670-0718 , Hartanto, Andree, Kacmar, Pavol, Legate, Nicole, Martoncik, Marcel, Massar, Karlijn, McCabe, Simon, Moreau, David, Osmanoglu, Sevval, Ozdogru, Asil, Panning, Miriam, Primbs, Maximilian, Protzko, John, Rodriguez-Ferreiro, Javier, Roer, Jan, Ropovik, Ivan, Schindler, Simon, Sleegers, Willem, ten Hoor, Gill, Tran, Ulrich, van Schie, Hein, Voracek, Martin and Wiggins, Brady (2024) Registered Replication Report: Study 3 from Trafimow and Hughes (2012). Advances in Methods and Practices in Psychological Science. ISSN 2515-2459 (Online) (In Press)

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Terror Management Theory (TMT) proposes that when people are made aware of their own death, they are more likely to endorse cultural values. TMT is a staple of social psychology, being featured prominently in textbooks and the subject of much research. The implications associated with TMT are significant, as its advocates claim it can partially explain cultural conflicts, intergroup antagonisms, and even war. However, considerable ambiguity regarding effect size exists, and no preregistered replication of death-thought accessibility findings exists. Moreover, there is debate regarding the role of time delay between the manipulation of mortality salience and assessment of key measures. We present results from 22 labs in 11 countries (total N = 3,447) attempting to replicate and extend an existing study of terror management theory, study three from Trafimow and Hughes (2012), and the role of time delay effects. While we failed to replicate the specific findings from Trafimow and Hughes (2012), we did demonstrate that it is possible to prime death-related thoughts, and that priming is more effective when there is no delay between the priming and outcome measure. Implications for future research and terror management theory are discussed.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Terror Management Theory; replication; preregistration; death-thought accessibility
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Faculty / School / Research Centre / Research Group: Faculty of Education, Health & Human Sciences
Faculty of Education, Health & Human Sciences > School of Human Sciences (HUM)
Last Modified: 01 Jul 2024 14:24

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