Sweet Instigator - Choosing Increases Susceptibility to Affective Product Features
Carnegie Mellon University - David A. Tepper School of Business
KU Leuven - Faculty of Business and Economics (FEB)
University of Minnesota, Twin Cities - Carlson School of Management
KU Leuven - Faculty of Business and Economics (FEB); BI Norwegian Business School
The present research demonstrates that repeated active choice-making increases the susceptibility of consumers to salient affective product features. We show that affective features influence product choice more after a series of active product choices than after a series of compliances with purchase instructions. The combined results of three experiments suggest that repeated choice gradually depletes the mental capacity required for critical evaluation of choice alternatives, while ruling out alternative explanations. The results are discussed in terms of their implications for theory and management of impulse purchasing.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 26
Keywords: Self-control depletion, Consumer decision-making, Choice, Affective product features, Cognitive product featuresworking papers series
Date posted: October 6, 2005
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