Original citation. Williams, L. E. & Bargh, J. A. (2008). Keeping one’s distance: The influence of spatial distance cues on affect and evaluation. Psychological Science, 19, 302 – 308.
Target of replication. We attempted to replicate whether priming different spatial distances would influence how emotionally close participants reported feeling toward their siblings, parents, and hometown.
A priori replication criteria. A successful replication would show that participants primed with close distances would report stronger feelings of closeness to their family, siblings, and hometown than participants primed with long distances.
Materials, Data, and Report Study materials can be found in the materials component of this project. Raw data and the analysis script can be found in the dataset node. The full report and other materials appear in the files section of this node.
Conclusions. Despite using identical stimulus materials, dependent variables, and analysis strategies, the results of our study did not replicate the findings of Williams and Bargh’s (2008) study on spatial priming and emotional closeness.