Emotion, Information, and Attitudes towards Immigration

Last registered on June 15, 2022


Trial Information

General Information

Emotion, Information, and Attitudes towards Immigration
Initial registration date
June 08, 2022

Initial registration date is when the trial was registered.

It corresponds to when the registration was submitted to the Registry to be reviewed for publication.

First published
June 15, 2022, 10:05 AM EDT

First published corresponds to when the trial was first made public on the Registry after being reviewed.


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Primary Investigator

University of Chicago

Other Primary Investigator(s)

PI Affiliation
University of Chicago
PI Affiliation
University of Southern California
PI Affiliation
University of Southern California

Additional Trial Information

On going
Start date
End date
Secondary IDs
Prior work
This trial does not extend or rely on any prior RCTs.
We study how emotions induced by an immersive artistic experience affect information retention and attitudes towards immigration.
External Link(s)

Registration Citation

Andries, Marianne et al. 2022. "Emotion, Information, and Attitudes towards Immigration." AEA RCT Registry. June 15. https://doi.org/10.1257/rct.9194
Experimental Details


We randomly expose subjects to an immersive, artistic, virtual reality experience on unauthorized migrants.
Intervention Start Date
Intervention End Date

Primary Outcomes

Primary Outcomes (end points)
Ability to retain information about immigration.
Primary Outcomes (explanation)
Subjects are presented a series of charts containing information about immigration to the US, immigrants in the US, and the origin countries of immigrants. They are then quizzed about those facts.

Secondary Outcomes

Secondary Outcomes (end points)
Attitudes towards immigration: views about immigration policies, charitable donations.
We measure attitudes both in the short run (on site), and in the longer run (2 to 3 weeks later).
Emotional response to the virtual reality experience. This is only measured on site.
Secondary Outcomes (explanation)

Experimental Design

Experimental Design
We randomly assign subjects to an immersive and artistic virtual reality experience.
Experimental Design Details
Not available
Randomization Method
Randomization through Qualtrics.
Randomization Unit
Was the treatment clustered?

Experiment Characteristics

Sample size: planned number of clusters
Sample size: planned number of observations
We aim to recruit over a thousand subjects. As the art installation in Omaha runs only through end of August, 2022, we will recruit as many subjects as possible until the exhibit is over.
Sample size (or number of clusters) by treatment arms
We hope to reach 200 subjects per treatment arm (6 treatment arms).

Importantly, we have run a pilot with the same art installation in Dallas, Texas, in April 2022. The goal was to test the design and logistical implementation. The design is nearly identical to the one to be used in the next data collection in Omaha, Nebraska. We will show the results dropping the observations from the pilot. As a robustness check, we will pool the observations from both samples.
Minimum detectable effect size for main outcomes (accounting for sample design and clustering)

Institutional Review Boards (IRBs)

IRB Name
The University of Chicago Social and Behavioral Sciences Institutional Review Board
IRB Approval Date
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