When the Same Prime Leads to Different Effects
12 Pages Posted: 27 Sep 2007
Research on priming effects has shown that primes with widely shared associations (i.e., stereotypes) affect the subsequent behavior of people in consistent ways (i.e., acting stereotypically). In this article, we present two experiments that show that the same primed construct can have different effects on the subsequent choices of different groups of people. These differences in effects are attributable to the groups having different prime associations. These results highlight the importance of understanding unique, personal associations to primes and suggest that segmentation is also important for predicting nonconsciously influenced choices.
Keywords: Priming, Associations, Product Choice, Environmental Cues
JEL Classification: M31, M37
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