Many Labs 4: Failure to replicate mortality salience effect with and without original author involvement

Richard Anthony Klein, Corey L. Cook, Charles R. Ebersole, Christine Anne Vitiello, Brian A. Nosek, Christopher R. Chartier, Cody D Christopherson, Samuel Clay, Brian Collisson, Jarret Crawford, Ryan Cromar, DeVere Vidamuerte, Gwendolyn Gardiner, Courtney Gosnell, Jon E. Grahe, Calvin Hall, Jennifer Alana Joy-Gaba, Angela M. Legg, Carmel Levitan, Anthony D ManciniDylan Manfredi, Jason Michael Miller, Gideon Nave, Liz Redford, Ilaria Schlitz, Kathleen Schmidt, Jeanine Skorinko, Daniel Storage, Trevor Swanson, Lyn van swol, Leigh Ann Vaughn, Kate A. Ratliff

Research output: Working paperScientific


Interpreting a failure to replicate is complicated by the fact that the failure could be due to the original finding being a false positive, unrecognized moderating influences between the original and replication procedures, or faulty implementation of the procedures in the replication. One strategy to maximize replication quality is involving the original authors in study design. We (N = 21 Labs and N = 2,220 participants) experimentally tested whether original author involvement improved replicability of a classic finding from Terror Management Theory (Greenberg et al., 1994). Our results were non-diagnostic of whether original author involvement improves replicability because we were unable to replicate the finding under any conditions. This suggests that the original finding was either a false positive or the conditions necessary to obtain it are not yet understood or no longer exist.
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Original languageEnglish
PublisherPsyArXiv Preprints
Number of pages30
Publication statusPublished - 2019


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