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Heart rate change and attitudes to global warming: A conceptual replication of the visceral fit mechanism


Drummond, A and Palmer, MA, Heart rate change and attitudes to global warming: A conceptual replication of the visceral fit mechanism, Journal of Environmental Psychology, 38 pp. 10-16. ISSN 0272-4944 (2014) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1016/j.jenvp.2013.12.004


Visceral fit effects occur when a physical state (e.g., warmth) increases the plausibility of future related states (e.g., global warming). We attempted to conceptually replicate such effects by investigating whether belief in global warming is influenced by a change in heart rate, which is linked to body warmth. In four studies, participants' heart rates were varied via mental manipulation or physical exercise. In three of the studies, increased heart rate was associated with greater self-reported belief that global warming was occurring. Across all studies, the association between heart rate and self-reported belief in global warming was small in statistical effect size and very small in absolute terms. We suggest that the effects of incidental cues are interesting because such factors should not influence global warming beliefs at all, but the small absolute size of the effects means that situational cues are unlikely to alter a person's stance on climate change.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:climate change, heart rate, judgment, visceral fit
Research Division:Psychology
Research Group:Cognitive and computational psychology
Research Field:Sensory processes, perception and performance
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in psychology
UTAS Author:Palmer, MA (Associate Professor Matt Palmer)
ID Code:88489
Year Published:2014
Deposited By:Psychology
Deposited On:2014-02-04
Last Modified:2017-11-02

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