The Influence of Ambient Temperature on Social Perception and Social Behavior
Jan S. Krause (),
Gerrit Nanninga (),
Patrick Ring (),
Ulrich Schmidt and
Daniel Schunk ()
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Jan S. Krause: University of Kiel
Gerrit Nanninga: University of Kiel
Patrick Ring: University of Kiel
No 2013, Working Papers from Gutenberg School of Management and Economics, Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz
The literature suggests that human perception and behavior vary with physical temperature. We provide an experimental test of how different ambient temperature conditions impact social behavior and social perception: Subjects went through a series of tasks measuring various aspects of social behavior and perception under three temperature conditions (cold vs. optimal vs. warm). Despite well-established findings on temperature effects, our data suggest that physical temperature has no relevant influence on social behavior and social perception. We corroborate our finding of a null effect by the use of equivalence testing and provide a discussion in the light of recent failed replication attempts in this field of research.
Keywords: social perception; ambient temperature; social preference; equivalence testing; cooperation; warmth (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: C90 D01 D90 D91 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 41 pages
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