Original citation. Nairne, J.S., Pandeirada, J.N.S., & Thompson, S.R. (2008). Adaptive memory: The comparative value of survival processing. Psychological Science, 19(2), 176–180.
Target of replication. We aimed at replicating Study 2. In this within-subjects experiment, survival processing was compared with a different contextually rich encoded scenario. Specifically, control words were rated for their relevance for an extended vacation. Findings demonstrated that words rated for survival relevance were recalled more often.
A priori replication criteria. Nairne, Pandeirada and Thompson report an effect size of ηp2 = .20. Power analysis (G*Power (Version 3.1): ANOVA: Repeated measures, within factors) indicates that a power of 80%, 90%, and 95% is achieved with sample sizes of 10, 13, and 16, respectively (assuming a correlation of r = .5 between repeated measures in all power calculations).
Conclusions. Our replication of study 2 by Nairne et al. (2008) demonstrated that survival processing produces a clear recall advantage. Words within the survival scenario were remembered more often and rated as more relevant than words within the vacation scenario. We confirmed all previous results.