Replication of "experiencing physical warmth promotes interpersonal warmth" by Williams and Bargh (2008)

Dermot Lynott, Katherine S Corker, Jessica Wortman, Louise Connell, M Brent Donnellan, Richard E Lucas, Kerry O'Brien

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We report the results of three high-powered, independent replications of Study 2 from Williams and Bargh (2008). Participants evaluated hot or cold instant therapeutic packs before choosing a reward for participation that was framed as a prosocial (i.e., treat for a friend) or self-interested reward (i.e., treat for the self). Williams and Bargh predicted that evaluating the hot pack would lead to a higher probability of making a prosocial choice compared to evaluating the cold pack. We did not replicate the effect in any individual laboratory or when considering the results of the three replications together (total N = 861). We conclude that there is no evidence that brief exposure to warm therapeutic packs induces greater prosocial responding than exposure to cold therapeutic packs. (c) 2014.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)216 - 222
Number of pages7
JournalSocial Psychology
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2014

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