ManyLabs 5: Registered Replication Report of Förster, Liberman and Kuschel’s (2008) Study 1 (Version 1)
assimilation and contrast, direct replication, multilab, processing style, social judgment
Advances in Methods and Practices in Psychological Science
To test their Global/Local Processing Style model, Förster, Liberman, and Kuschel found that after priming a concept (such as “aggressive”), people can assimilate that concept into their social judgments after a “global” prime (e.g., rate a person as being more aggressive compared to a no prime condition), or contrast their judgment away from the concept after a “local” prime (e.g., rate the person as being less aggressive compared to a no prime condition). This effect was not replicated by Reinhard (2015) in the Reproducibility Project: Psychology . However, the social judgment scenario in this replication may not have been sufficiently ambiguous or applicable for detecting the original effect. The current ManyLabs 5 investigation sought to reconcile the differences between the original and replication studies by testing Reinhard’s (2015) protocol and a revised protocol, responding to the original authors’ critiques that Reinhard’s protocol fell short on applicability and target ambiguity. Teams from nine universities contributed to these replications. We first conducted a pilot study and successfully selected ambiguous scenarios for each site (N=530). We then piloted the aggression prime to meet applicability at five different sites (N=363) and were not successful. We replaced the prime with a task that was found to be successful in a pilot of another project (McCarthy et al., 2016). For the final replication study (N=xxx), we [did| did not] find moderation by protocol type, with patterns in [the RP:P| revised | both] protocol[s] [consistent | inconsistent] with the effects observed in the original study. We discuss these findings and possible explanations.
Ebersole, C. R.,
Collins, W. M.,
Cunha de Souza, L. E.,
Weissgerber, S. C.,
Sternglanz, W. R.,
(2019). ManyLabs 5: Registered Replication Report of Förster, Liberman and Kuschel’s (2008) Study 1 (Version 1). Advances in Methods and Practices in Psychological Science.
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