Holding a flask that is warm reduces loneliness (#229)

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Reference to Report of Original Finding Bargh, J. A., & Shalev, I. (2012). The substitutability of physical and social warmth in daily life. Emotion, 12(1), 154-162.
Reference to Published Report of Replication Attempt Murphy, P. N., & Standing, L. G. (2014). Tactile warmth reduces loneliness, but visual warmth does not. Psychology Journal, 11(2), 68-76.
Title Holding a flask that is warm reduces loneliness
If the original article contained multiple experiments, which one did the authors attempt to replicate? e.g., you might respond 'Study 1' or 'Experiment 4'. Study 2
Link to PDF of Original Report
Brief Statement of Original Result Subjects who had just briefly held a warm therapeutic pack in their hand rated themselves as significantly less lonely than those who had held a cold pack, as measured on the UCLA Loneliness Scale.
Type of Replication Attempted Fairly Direct Replication
Result Type Successful Replication
Number of Subjects 90
Any other details on results or statistics that you want to mention? Holding a cold flask (briefly) increased mean loneliness scores, compared to the warm condition, from 38.06 (sd 11.48) to 44.33 (sd 10.94), p = .041. The effect size for this increased loneliness in the cold condition (partial eta-squared = .049), was about half the size reported in the original study (.096). Our study also examined the effect of visual cold or visual warmth (a picture of an iceberg or a video of a blazing fire). This manipulation had no effect on the subject's loneliness score.
Difference? Same Direction, .041
Any Known Methodological Differences
(between original and present study)?
We used a metal flask rather than a pack to provide tactile warmth or cold. Also, we did not have a neutral (room-temperature) condition.
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