Does sadness impair color perception? Thorstenson et al.'s plan to find out is flawed [post]

Alex O Holcombe, Nicholas JL Brown, Patrick T Goodbourn, Alexander Etz, Sebastian Geukes
2015 unpublished
In their article reporting the results of two experiments, Thorstenson, Pazda, & Elliot (2015a) found evidence that perception of colors on the blue-yellow axis was impaired if the participants had watched a sad movie clip, relative to participants who watched clips designed to induce a happy or neutral mood. Subsequently, these authors retracted their article (Thorstenson, Pazda, & Elliot, 2015b), citing a mistake in their statistical analyses and a problem with the data in one of their
more » ... one of their experiments. Here, we discuss a number of other methodological problems with Thorstenson et al.'s experimental design, and also demonstrate that the problems with the data go beyond what these authors reported. We conclude that repeating, with minor revision, one of the two experiments, as Thorstenson et al. (2015b) proposed, will not be sufficient to address the problems with this work.
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.1536v1 fatcat:fhu7dl4fabbbjmsfpbt2tj55ci