The main goal of the current project was to execute an independent (direct) replication of Vess’ (2012, PS) main finding from his Study 1. Consistent with an embodiment account, he found that more anxiously attached individuals reported more desire for warm food and drinks, but only when such individuals had recalled a past romantic breakup (vs. recalling an ordinary event).
We executed a pre-registered high-powered (estimated power of .95) independent replication using exactly the same measures, manipulations, instructions (exact instructions and manipulation acquired from Vess), and sampling approach (online sample using Amazon’s Mechanical Turk website). The primary goal was to determine whether Vess’ finding generalizes to a new sample of individuals, hence contributing to the question of whether Vess' original finding reflects reproducible knowledge.
This is one of two pre-registered replication attempts (see [Independent Direct Replication #2 of Vess] for the other). Both attempts failed to replicate Vess' Study 1 finding. See [LeBel & Campbell (2013, PSCI)] for full analysis and report of our results.