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Melissa Besman, Caton Dubensky, Leanna Dunsmore and Kimberly Daubman. Cleanliness Primes Less Severe Moral Judgments. (2013, February 23). Retrieved 01:06, May 01, 2017 from http://www.PsychFileDrawer.org/replication.php?attempt=MTQ5

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Cleanliness Primes Less Severe Moral Judgments [Internet]. Melissa Besman, Caton Dubensky, Leanna Dunsmore and Kimberly Daubman; 2013 Feb 23, 12:49 [cited 2017 May 01]. Available from: http://www.PsychFileDrawer.org/replication.php?attempt=MTQ5

Reference to Original Report of Finding Schnall, S., Benton, J. and Harvey, S. (2008). With a clean conscience: Cleanliness reduces the severity of moral judgments. Psychological Science, 19, 1219-1222.
Title Cleanliness Primes Less Severe Moral Judgments
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 1
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Brief Statement of Original Result Participants who were exposed to cleanliness primes gave less severe moral judgments compared to participants in the control condition.
Type of Replication Attempted Fairly Direct Replication
Result Type Successful Replication
Difference? Same Direction, .04
Number of Subjects 60
Number of Subjects in Original Study 40
Year in which Replication Attempt was Made 2013
Name of Investigators (Real Names Required) Melissa Besman, Caton Dubensky, Leanna Dunsmore and Kimberly Daubman
Detailed Description of Method/Results Sixty college students found at various locations around campus were asked to participate in two exercises. The first exercise was a word-scramble task consisting of 40 sets of words. Participants were instructed to underline three words in each set that could be used to create a sentence. For participants in the cleanliness prime condition (n=30), 20 of the word sets contained words associated with cleanliness (e.g., pure, clean). Participants in the control condition(n=30) were given word sets containing only “neutral” words (unrelated to cleanliness). Following this task, all participants were given the same six moral vignettes used in the original study and asked to rate the behavior described in each vignette on a scale of 0 (perfectly okay) to 9 (extremely wrong). Scores on these vignettes were averaged and a one-tailed t-test was conducted. Those primed with cleanliness rated the behaviors less severely than did those in the control group, t(58)=-1.8, p<.04. This result is consistent with the results of the original study.

Any Known Methodological Differences
(between original and present study)?
We did not use the same word scrambles that were used in the original study. We also had a different gender ratio than the original study. Lastly, we had 60 participants, whereas the original study had 40 participants.
Email of Investigator
Name of individuals who
actually carried out the project
Melissa Besman, Caton Dubensky & Leanna Dunsmore ran subjects and analyzed the data under the supervision of Kimberly Daubman.
Location of ProjectVarious public locations around Bucknell University campus.
Characteristics of Subjects
(subject pool, paid, etc.)
Other
University student volunteers
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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