A demonstration of the collaborative replication and education project: Replication attempts of the Red-Romance effect

Jordan R. Wagge, Cristina Baciu, Kasia Banas, Joel T Nadler, Sascha Schwartz, Yanna Weisberg, Hans Ijzerman, Jon Grahe

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Abstract

The present article reports the results of a meta-analysis of nine student replication projects of Elliot et al.’s (2010) findings from Experiment 3, that women were more attracted to photographs of men with red borders (total n = 640). The eight student projects were part of the Collaborative Replication and Education Project (CREP; https://osf.io/wfc6u/), a research crowdsourcing project for undergraduate students. All replications were reviewed by experts to ensure high quality data, and were pre-registered prior to data collection. Results of this meta-analysis showed no effect of red on attractiveness ratings for either perceived attractiveness (mean ratings difference = –0.07, 95% CI [–0.31, 0.16]) or sexual attractiveness (mean ratings difference = –0.06, 95% CI [–0.36, 0.24]); this null result held with and without Elliot et al.’s (2010) data included in analyses. Exploratory analyses examining whether being in a relationship moderated the effect of color on attractiveness ratings also produced null results.
Original languageEnglish
Article number5
JournalCollabra
Volume5
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 8 Jan 2019

Keywords

  • replication
  • meta-analysis
  • attractiveness
  • attraction

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