Date of Award
Master of Science
Jeffrey S. Berman
Eugene H. Buder
Robert A. Neimeyer
Roger J. Kreuz
Past research has shown that the tactile sensation of holding a hot object can increase positive perceptions of others (Williams & Bargh, 2008). The aims of the present study were to replicate the original finding as well as evaluate whether this process of embodied cognition extended to perceptions of self. Participants were randomly assigned to hold briefly a lidded cup at a certain temperature—hot, neutral, or cold—before filling out measures that assessed their perceptions of both self and others. The study failed to replicate the original study’s findings. Further, there was no evidence to suggest a relationship between perceptions of self and experiences of tactile warmth. Limitations and implications are discussed.
dissertation or thesis originally submitted to the local University of Memphis Electronic Theses & dissertation (ETD) Repository.
Battles, Megan Brianne, "The Influence of Tactile Temperature on Perceptions of Self and Other" (2014). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 982.