Replication of Sexualized Body Inversion Effects (#170)

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Reference to Original Report of Finding Bernard, P., Gervais, S.J., Allen, J., Campomizzi, S., & Klein, O. (2012). Integrating sexual objectification with object versus person recognition: The sexualized-body-inversion hypothesis. Psychological Science, 23, 469-471.
Title Replication of Sexualized Body Inversion Effects
If the original article contained multiple experiments, which one did you attempt to replicate? e.g., you might respond 'Study 1' or 'Experiment 4'.
Link to PDF of Original Report
Brief Statement of Original Result Inverting images decreased accuracy on a recognition task for images of sexualized males but not for images of sexualized females.
Type of Replication Attempted Highly Direct Replication
Result Type Successful Replication
Difference? Not Applicable
Number of Subjects 102
Number of Subjects in Original Study 78
Year in which Replication Attempt was Made 2013
Name of Investigators (Real Names Required) Bogdan Kostic
Detailed Description of Method/Results Participants viewed 24 images of sexualized males and 24 images of sexualized females. Half of each were presented in an upright position, and half were inverted. (Stimuli were not counterbalanced across upright/inversion condition, in accordance with the original study's methods.) Participants were then asked to indicate which of two L-R mirror images had appeared earlier.

The study used a 2 (Position: Upright vs. Inverted) x 2 (Target Sex: Male vs. Female) x 2 (Participant Sex: Male vs. Female) design, in which the Position and Target Sex were manipulated within subjects while Participant Sex was treated as a between-subjects factor.

The current study replicated the main finding of the original study, in that there was an interaction between Position and Target Sex such that inverting images decreased accuracy for images of sexualized males more than it did for images of sexualized females, F(1,100)=5.13, p=.026. However, the effect size in the current study (partial eta squared=.049) was smaller than it was in the original study (.167).

All other results in the original report also replicated, except for one. The original study reported that there was no significant difference in accuracy between upright female images and inverted female images. The current study did find a small difference, t(101)=2.181, p=.031, such that accuracy was higher in the upright condition.

As in the original report, the current attempt found no significant differences across participant sex. Below are the averages and standard deviations for accuracy across conditions:

Male upright: 87.99 (11.82)
Male inverted: 79.41 (15.98)
Female upright: 90.11 (11.98)
Female inverted: 87.66 (11.77)

See the attached figure. Error bars refer to standard error.
Any Known Methodological Differences
(between original and present study)?
Email of Investigator
Name of individuals who
actually carried out the project
Bogdan Kostic
Location of ProjectHill Hall 425, Missouri State University, Springfield, MO, USA
Characteristics of Subjects
(subject pool, paid, etc.)
University students from subject pool
Students enrolled in an Experimental Psychology (Research Methods) course participated as part of a lab activity. The activity was led by the instructor.
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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