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Out, Damned Spot: Can the “Macbeth Effect” Be Replicated?

Earp, Brian D., Everett, Jim A. C., Madva, Elizabeth N., Hamlin, J. Kiley (2014) Out, Damned Spot: Can the “Macbeth Effect” Be Replicated? Basic and Applied Social Psychology, 36 (1). pp. 91-98. ISSN 0197-3533. E-ISSN 1532-4834. (doi:10.1080/01973533.2013.856792) (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided) (KAR id:83709)

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Abstract

Zhong and Liljenquist (2006) reported evidence of a “Macbeth Effect” in social psychology: a threat to people's moral purity leads them to seek, literally, to cleanse themselves. In an attempt to build upon these findings, we conducted a series of direct replications of Study 2 from Z&L's seminal report. We used Z&L's original materials and methods, investigated samples that were more representative of the general population, investigated samples from different countries and cultures, and substantially increased the power of our statistical tests. Despite multiple good-faith efforts, however, we were unable to detect a “Macbeth Effect” in any of our experiments. We discuss these findings in the context of recent concerns about replicability in the field of experimental social psychology.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1080/01973533.2013.856792
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: Divisions > Division of Human and Social Sciences > School of Psychology
Depositing User: Jim Everett
Date Deposited: 26 Oct 2020 08:38 UTC
Last Modified: 17 Aug 2022 11:02 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/83709 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
Everett, Jim A. C.: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-2801-5426
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