Clean Thoughts Lead to Less Severe Moral Judgment (#177)

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Julia Arbesfeld, Tricia Collins, Demetrius Baldwin, Kimberly Daubman. Clean Thoughts Lead to Less Severe Moral Judgment. (2014, February 13). Retrieved 22:22, November 17, 2017 from http://www.PsychFileDrawer.org/replication.php?attempt=MTc3

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"Clean Thoughts Lead to Less Severe Moral Judgment" Julia Arbesfeld, Tricia Collins, Demetrius Baldwin, Kimberly Daubman. 13 Feb 2014 08:16 17 Nov 2017, 22:22 <http://www.PsychFileDrawer.org/replication.php?attempt=MTc3>

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Clean Thoughts Lead to Less Severe Moral Judgment [Internet]. Julia Arbesfeld, Tricia Collins, Demetrius Baldwin, Kimberly Daubman; 2014 Feb 13, 08:16 [cited 2017 Nov 17]. Available from: http://www.PsychFileDrawer.org/replication.php?attempt=MTc3

Reference to Original Report of Finding Schnall, S., Benton, J., & Harvey, S. (2008). With a Clean Conscience: Cleanliness Reduces The Severity Of Moral Judgments. Psychological Science, 19(12), 1219-1222.
Title Clean Thoughts Lead to Less Severe Moral Judgment
If the original article contained multiple experiments, which one did you attempt to replicate? e.g., you might respond 'Study 1' or 'Experiment 4'. Experiment One
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Brief Statement of Original Result Activating thoughts about cleanliness reduces the severity of moral judgments.
Type of Replication Attempted Fairly Direct Replication
Result Type Successful Replication
Difference? Same Direction, .03
Number of Subjects 60
Number of Subjects in Original Study 40
Year in which Replication Attempt was Made 2014
Name of Investigators (Real Names Required) Julia Arbesfeld, Tricia Collins, Demetrius Baldwin, Kimberly Daubman
Detailed Description of Method/Results We created 20 sets of 4 neutral word scrambles and 10 sets of 4 cleanliness word scrambles. Participants were randomly assigned to one of two conditions. Participants in the cleanliness prime condition were given 10 sets of cleanliness word scrambles and 10 sets of neutral word scrambles. Those in the control condition were given 20 sets of neutral word scrambles. They were asked to unscramble the sentences and were given as much time as needed. Then they proceeded to read six moral dilemmas (the same ones used by Schnall et al.) and were asked to rate them on a scale of 0-9 (the same rating scale) with 0 being “perfectly fine” and 9 being “extremely immoral.” We calculated the moral severity score for each individual by averaging their ratings of the six dilemmas. A one-tailed independent t-test revealed a significant difference between the two conditions, t(58)=1.84, p=.03. Those primed with cleanliness rated the moral dilemmas as less severe (M=5.96, SD=1.40) than those in the control condition (M=6.57, SD-1.14). The effect size is moderate, Cohen’s d=.48.
Any Known Methodological Differences
(between original and present study)?
We constructed our own word scrambles for the cleanliness prime and control condition. In the original study they used 40 sets of four word scrambles for each condition whereas we used 20. The sample size in the original study is smaller (n=40) than ours (n=60).
Email of Investigator
Name of individuals who
actually carried out the project
Julia Arbesfeld, Tricia Collins, Demetrius Baldwin conducted the study under the supervision of Kimberly Daubman
Location of ProjectStudent Center of Bucknell University, Lewisburg, PA
Characteristics of Subjects
(subject pool, paid, etc.)
Other
Uncompensated male and female university students, age 18-22
Where did these subjects reside?United States
Was this a Class Project?Yes
Further Details of Results as pdf
Additional Comments
Email of Original Investigator
Quantitive Information
I have complied with ethical standards for experimentation on human beings and, if necessary, have obtained appropriate permission from an Institutional Review Board or other oversight group.
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