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How will humanity react to the discovery of extraterrestrial life? Speculation on this topic abounds, but empirical research is practically non-existent. We report the results of three empirical studies assessing

How will humanity react to the discovery of extraterrestrial life? Speculation on this topic abounds, but empirical research is practically non-existent. We report the results of three empirical studies assessing psychological reactions to the discovery of extraterrestrial life using the Linguistic Inquiry and Word Count (LIWC) text analysis software. We examined language use in media coverage of past discovery announcements of this nature, with a focus on extraterrestrial microbial life (Pilot Study).

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    • Digital object identifier: 10.3389/fpsyg.2017.02308
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    Kwon, J. Y., Bercovici, H. L., Cunningham, K., & Varnum, M. E. (2018). How Will We React to the Discovery of Extraterrestrial Life? Frontiers in Psychology, 8. doi:10.3389/fpsyg.2017.02308

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