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Insufficient evidence of a positive association between chronic loneliness and anthropomorphism: Replication and extension Registered Report of Epley et al. (2008)use asterix (*) to get italics
Qinyu Xiao, Mahmoud Elsherif, Hoi Yan Chu, Ming Chun Tang, Ting Hin (Angus) Wong, Yiming Wu, Christina Pomareda, Gilad FeldmanPlease use the format "First name initials family name" as in "Marie S. Curie, Niels H. D. Bohr, Albert Einstein, John R. R. Tolkien, Donna T. Strickland"
<p>Human beings have a fundamental need to connect with others. Epley, Akalis, et al. (2008) found that people higher in chronic loneliness had a stronger tendency to anthropomorphize non-human objects, presumably for fulfilling unmet needs for social connection. In this Registered report, we conducted a replication of Epley, Akalis, et al. (2008): based on the setup of their Study 1, we examined the correlations between loneliness and anthropomorphism of technological gadgets (original Study 1) and pets (original Study 3) and belief in supernatural beings (original Study 2), with a large U.S. online sample recruited from MTurk using CloudResearch (n = 885 after exclusions). Meanwhile, we extended the replication by examining the association between belief in free will and anthropomorphism. We found weak-to-no empirical support for the original finding that self-reported chronic loneliness was positively related to anthropomorphism. However, our evidence supports that the perceived controllability of gadgets negatively predicts their anthropomorphism and that free will belief is positively associated with belief in and anthropomorphism of supernatural beings. Study materials, data, and analysis scripts are available at</p>
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anthropomorphism; free will belief; loneliness; replication; Registered Report
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Marieke Wieringa suggested: Evelien Heijselaar - No need for them to be recommenders of PCI Registered Reports. Please do not suggest reviewers for whom there might be a conflict of interest. Reviewers are not allowed to review preprints written by close colleagues (with whom they have published in the last four years, with whom they have received joint funding in the last four years, or with whom they are currently writing a manuscript, or submitting a grant proposal), or by family members, friends, or anyone for whom bias might affect the nature of the review - see the code of conduct
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2024-03-27 16:17:16
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