The Properties and Antecedents of Hedonic Decline

Posted: 13 Feb 2018

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Jeff Galak

Carnegie Mellon University

Joseph P. Redden

University of Minnesota - Twin Cities - Department of Marketing and Logistics Management

Date Written: January 2018

Abstract

We review the phenomenon of hedonic decline, whereby repeated exposure to a stimulus typically reduces the hedonic response (e.g., enjoyment). We first discuss the typical trajectory of hedonic decline and the common research paradigms used to study it. We next discuss the most popular theories regarding general mechanisms widely believed to underlie hedonic decline. We then propose a taxonomy to organize these various general theories and to incorporate more recent work on top-down, self-reflective theories. This taxonomy identifies three general classes of antecedents to hedonic decline: physiological feedback, perceptual changes, and self-reflection. For each class, we review the supporting evidence for specifically identified antecedents and recent developments on how each antecedent influences hedonic decline. Our review focuses especially on more recent work in the growing area of self-reflection.

Suggested Citation

Galak, Jeff and Redden, Joseph P., The Properties and Antecedents of Hedonic Decline (January 2018). Annual Review of Psychology, Vol. 69, pp. 1-25, 2018. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3121958 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1146/annurev-psych-122216-011542

Jeff Galak (Contact Author)

Carnegie Mellon University ( email )

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Joseph P. Redden

University of Minnesota - Twin Cities - Department of Marketing and Logistics Management ( email )

271 19th Avenue South
Room 1235 Mgt. Econ. Building
Minneapolis, MN 55455
United States

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