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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

Abstract: 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
Date: 2020-05-21
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