Meta-Analysis for Red, Rank, and Romance - CREP Replications  /

A Demonstration of the Collaborative Replication and Education Project: Replication Attempts of the Red-Romance Effect

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Description: The present article reports the results of a meta-analysis of nine student replication projects of Elliot et al.’s (2010) findings from Experiment 3, that women were more attracted to photographs of men with red borders (total n = 640). The eight student projects were part of the Collaborative Replication and Education Project (CREP;, a research crowdsourcing project for undergraduate students. All replications were reviewed by experts to ensure high quality data, and were pre-registered prior to data collection. Results of this meta-analysis showed no effect of red on attractiveness ratings for either perceived attractiveness (mean ratings difference = -0.07, 95% CI [-0.31, 0.16]) or sexual attractiveness (mean ratings difference = -0.06, 95% CI [-0.36, 0.24]); this null result held with and without Elliot et al.’s (2010) data included in analyses. Exploratory analyses examining whether being in a relationship moderated the effect of color on attractiveness ratings also produced null results.

License: CC-By Attribution 4.0 International


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