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The effects of a temporal framing manipulation on environmentalism: a replication and extension

Stanley, Samantha K., Klas, Anna, Clarke, Edward J. R. and Walker, Iain 2021, The effects of a temporal framing manipulation on environmentalism: a replication and extension, PLoS One, vol. 16, no. 2, pp. 1-34, doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0246058.

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Title The effects of a temporal framing manipulation on environmentalism: a replication and extension
Author(s) Stanley, Samantha K.
Klas, AnnaORCID iD for Klas, Anna orcid.org/0000-0002-6590-5164
Clarke, Edward J. R.
Walker, Iain
Journal name PLoS One
Volume number 16
Issue number 2
Article ID e0246058
Start page 1
End page 34
Total pages 34
Publisher Public Library of Science
Place of publication San Francisco, Calif.
Publication date 2021
ISSN 1932-6203
1932-6203
Keyword(s) Science & Technology
Multidisciplinary Sciences
Science & Technology - Other Topics
SOCIAL-DOMINANCE ORIENTATION
RIGHT-WING AUTHORITARIANISM
CLIMATE-CHANGE
TIME PERSPECTIVE
POLITICAL CONSERVATISM
CHANGE ATTITUDES
PARADIGM SCALE
PSYCHOLOGY
PREFERENCES
MITIGATION
Summary Recent research promotes comparing the current state of the environment with the past (and not the future) to increase the pro-environmental attitudes of those on the political right. We aimed to replicate this temporal framing effect and extend on research in this area by testing the potential drivers of the effect. Across two large-scale replication studies, we found limited evidence that past comparisons (relative to future comparisons) increase pro-environmentalism among those with a more conservative political ideology, thus precluding a full investigation into the mediators of the effect. Where the effect was present, it was not consistent across studies. In Study One, conservatives reported greater certainty that climate change was real after viewing past comparisons, as the environmental changes were perceived as more certain. However, in Study Two, the temporal framing condition interacted with political orientation to instead undermine the certainty about climate change among political liberals in the past-focused condition. Together, these studies present the first evidence of backfire from temporal frames, and do not support the efficacy of past comparisons for increasing conservatives’ environmentalism. We echo recent calls for open science principles, including preregistration and efforts to replicate existing work, and suggest the replication of other methods of inducing temporal comparisons.
Language eng
DOI 10.1371/journal.pone.0246058
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HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
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Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30148366

Document type: Journal Article
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