#79668 | AsPredicted

'Conspiracy Beliefs and Emotion Regulation'
(AsPredicted #79668)

Created:       11/10/2021 11:59 PM (PT)

This is an anonymized version of the pre-registration.  It was created by the author(s) to use during peer-review.
A non-anonymized version (containing author names) should be made available by the authors when the work it supports is made public.

1) Have any data been collected for this study already?
No, no data have been collected for this study yet.

2) What's the main question being asked or hypothesis being tested in this study?
This study tests how conspiracy beliefs are related to emotion regulation strategies. We expect that conspiracy beliefs are positively correlated with the habitual use of dysfunctional (i.e., rumination, suppression, avoidance, catastrophizing, blaming others) emotion regulation strategies. We also explore how conspiracy beliefs are related to functional emotion regulation strategies.

3) Describe the key dependent variable(s) specifying how they will be measured.
We use the Heidelberg Form of Emotion Regulation Strategies (HFERST; Izadpanah et al., 2019), three subscales of the German version of the Cognitive Emotion Regulation Questionnaire (Loch et al., 2011): relativizing, catastrophizing and blaming others, and the Perseverative Thinking Questionnaire (Ehring et al., 2011).
To measure conspiracy beliefs, we use the Flexible Inventory of Conspiracy Suspicions (Wood, 2016) adapted to the Corona crisis, the German version of the Conspiracy Mentality Questionnaire (Bruder et al., 2013), and the German version of the Generic Conspiracist Belief Scale (Molz et al., 2017).

4) How many and which conditions will participants be assigned to?

5) Specify exactly which analyses you will conduct to examine the main question/hypothesis.
We will examine bivariate correlations between conspiracy beliefs and emotion regulation strategies.

6) Describe exactly how outliers will be defined and handled, and your precise rule(s) for excluding observations.
We will exclude participants who failed the following attention check: If you read this item, please indicate "neutral".

7) How many observations will be collected or what will determine sample size?
No need to justify decision, but be precise about exactly how the number will be determined.

In order to detect a medium-sized correlation (.30) with a power of .95 and alpha = .05, 111 participants are needed. We will aim for a sample size of N = 200 to allow for potential exclusions.

8) Anything else you would like to pre-register?
(e.g., secondary analyses, variables collected for exploratory purposes, unusual analyses planned?)

We also include measures for depression, anxiety, and political ideology for exploratory purposes.