Honors Senior Theses/Projects

Date of Award


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Exit Requirement

Undergraduate Honors Thesis/Project


Honors Program

Faculty Advisor

Jaime Cloud

Honors Program Director

Gavin Keulks




The purpose of the present study is to replicate as closely as possible the study titled “Friendship as a Relationship Infiltration Tactic during Human Mate Poaching” (Mogilski & Wade, 2013). The purpose of the replication was to further explore the well documented lack of replications within psychology, and to provide a template for how to improve this issue. The authors of the original study sought to determine how friendship affected the success of someone trying to infiltrate a romantic relationship. They hypothesized that a person would be more likely to successfully steal the mate of another if the poacher was friends with their target mate, rather than acquaintances. When the poacher/poached were friends previous to the attempt, it was hypothesized that the poacher would incur fewer costs (e.g., physical retaliation from the poachee). Participants were given one of four vignettes to read then asked to rate the poacher’s likelihood of being successful and incurring future costs. Data was analyzed using a 2(sex) x 2(friendship) Multivariate Analysis of Variance. Overall, the replication study provided supporting evidence for all but one hypothesis. However, only the first (regarding success rate) was replicated successfully in that it was the only statistically significant result that overlapped with the original study. The implication of these conflicting results shows the importance of replication within psychology.

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