The website psychologytoday.com says that ‘[s]ome of the foundational studies on which TMT is based have failed to replicate, thereby drawing criticism within the field of psychology’ (https://www.psychologytoday.com/gb/basics/terror-management-theory).
I am very interested in reading this criticism. I have asked psychologytoday.com for the sources of this criticism but they haven’t got back to me.
Does anyone know where I could find this criticism online? (Hopefully open access!)
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A start: http://plaza.ufl.edu/phallman/terror%20management%20theory/7390252.pdf
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Nice one. I have found these two so far (although they are not specifically about being unable to replicate results):
Hi Dave! Email me and I can send you some resources. Source: former TMT researcher and I work for the Ernest Becker Foundation.
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That would be fantastic thank you!
I will send you an email this weekend.
Thanks very much,
I am wondering if you can help me?
I have recently been reading with interest the studies that have claimed the findings of Terror Management Theory (Greenberg et al., 1994) are not replicable (Many Labs 4, 2022; Sætrevik & Sjåstad, 2019; Schindler, Reinhardt, & Reinhard, 2021).
I am finding it hard to reconcile these findings of non-replication with Professor Sheldon Solomon’s statement that ‘[t]here are now upwards of 1000 of these studies, done not just by us, but by other researchers around the world.’ (https://fivebooks.com/best-books/fear-of-death-sheldon-solomon/). I would like to read some of these 1000 or so studies, is there an easy way to find a list of all of them?
Thanks so much,
On my latest post went as deep as I could on the question of the ability to empirically test Terror Management Theory, as well as the issue of replicability. The post is here: https://oblivionwithbells.com/2022/12/14/tmt-and-me-my-attempt-to-understand-whether-terror-management-theory-is-pseudoscience-or-not/