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Advances in Psychological Science ›› 2018, Vol. 26 ›› Issue (12): 2260-2271.doi: 10.3724/SP.J.1042.2018.02260

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An analytical approach to understanding and solving the replication crisis of the embodiment effect

LIU Chuanjun, LIAO Jiangqun()   

  1. Department of Psychology, Tsinghua University, Beijing 100084, China
  • Received:2018-01-29 Online:2018-12-15 Published:2018-10-30
  • Contact: Jiangqun LIAO


Recently, previously established embodiment effects (e.g. power pose effects) have partly failed to replicate, calling into question whether embodiment is in fact a true effect. Based on an analysis of the concepts of “conceptualization”, “alternative” and “construction” of embodiment cognition, this present article proposed a way out of the dilemma by specifying four characteristics of this effect: embodied generating level, strength degree, constructing direction and experimental task. Clarifying these four aspects could be helpful to accurately understand the embodiment effect and address the replication crisis. Future studies could conduct by differentiating and synthesizing the embodied generating levels, distinguishing different conditions for embodied strength, discovering the mediating or moderating role of embodied variables, and creating new specific experimental paradigms.

Key words: embodied cognition, replication, generating level, strength degree, constructing direction, online- offline task

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