We seek to see if the clothing a compliment receiver wears will affect how people perceive the importance of their compliments. If a participant compliments a confederate wearing informal clothing, they will then perceive their compliments as being less valuable than if they were to compliment a confederate with formal clothing. We did this by having individuals fill out a survey that evaluates how they believe their compliment will make someone feel. Then they went out and complimented a confederate. And finally, they took one more survey that evaluated how they believe their compliment made the individual feel.
Copenhaver, Eva; Elliot, Alexander; and Gagat, Jacob, "Clothing and Compliments" (2021). Fall Showcase for Research and Creative Inquiry. 165.