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Consumer Behavior News
August 10, 2020

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Predicting Your Personality from Your Smartphone Data

Everyone who uses a smartphone unavoidably generates masses of digital data that are accessible to others, and these data provide clues to the user's personality. Psychologists are now studying how ...

Mundane Behavioral Decisions, Actions Can Be 'Misremembered' as Done

Mundane behaviors such as taking a daily medication can eventually create false memories of completing the ...

An Ethical Eye on AI

Researchers have found a mathematical means of helping regulators and business manage and police Artificial Intelligence systems' biases towards making unethical, and potentially very costly and ...

Decide Now or Wait for Something Better? Our Standards Drop Over Time

When we make decisions, we don't always have all options available to choose from at the same time. Instead they often come one after another, as for example when we search for an apartment or a ...
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Restaurant Customers Frown on Automatic Gratuities, Particularly After Good Service

Automatic gratuities leave restaurant patrons with a bad taste, even when the meal and the service were excellent, new research ...

Make the Best of Bad Reviews by Leveraging Consumer Empathy

When confronted with unfair negative reviews, firms can strategically leverage consumer empathy and benefit from potential downstream ...

How Creating an 'Empathy Lens' Makes P2P Marketing Communications More Effective

Provider-focused P2P marketing communications increase consumers' likelihood of purchase, app download, and willingness to ...

Sci-Fi Foretold Social Media, Uber and Augmented Reality, Offers Insights Into the Future

Science fiction authors foresaw augmented reality video games, the rise of social media and trends of hyper-consumption, and can help predict future consumer ...

Freedom of Choice: Adding Value to Public Goods

An experimental game reveals that having the freedom to choose preferred public goods greatly increases their value by motivating more, and better, ...

Researchers Find the Worst Reason to Give a Gift

Here's a good way to make sure a friend hates a gift from you: Say it will save him money. In a series of studies, researchers found that people reacted negatively to gifts that they were told - ...

People More Likely to Donate When Reminded of Own Mortality

New research shows that people are 30 per cent more likely to donate their assets when faced with their own ...

Interplay of Impact, Moral Goals Influences Charitable Giving to Different Causes

With the rise of globalization, geographic borders are becoming less relevant for making charitable donations, which means nonprofits and charities can make more effective pitches to donors by ...

Helping Consumers in a Crisis

A new study shows that the central bank tool known as quantitative easing helped consumers substantially during the last big economic downturn -- a finding with clear relevance for today's ...

Selling Something? Tap Into Consumer Arrogance

In today's world of consumption, likes and shares, a new study shows that that leveraging consumer arrogance might be marketers' most effective strategy for promoting their brands and ...

Tool to Protect Children's Online Privacy

A new study of 100 mobile apps for kids found that 72 violated a federal law aimed at protecting children's online privacy. Researchers developed a tool that can determine whether an Android ...

Envy Coupled With Competition Divides Society Into an Upper and Lower Class, Game Theoretical Study Shows

Can class differences come about endogenously, i.e. independent of birth and education? Researchers pursued this issue in a game theoretical study. They were able to show that the basic human need to ...

Survey Suggests the Importance of Clearly Communicating Coronavirus Risk, Behaviors

A newly published analysis of March survey data sheds light on our understanding of how perceptions of the virus impact behavior, finding individuals who perceive greater risk from COVID-19 were more ...

Can Copying Your Friends Help You Achieve Your Goals?

Consumers often struggle to achieve self-set life improvement goals, but what if deliberately emulating the successful strategies used by their friends could help ...

Scarcity Reduces Consumers' Concerns About Prices, Even During a Pandemic, Research Shows

New research finds that scarcity actually decreases consumers' tendency to use price to judge a product's ...

Healthy Eating Behaviors in Childhood May Reduce the Risk of Adult Obesity and Heart Disease

Encouraging children to make their own decisions about food, within a structured environment focused on healthy food choices, has been linked to better childhood nutrition and healthier lifelong ...

Money Can't Buy Love -- Or Friendship

While researchers have suggested that individuals who base their self-worth on their financial success often feel lonely in everyday life, a new study has taken initial steps to better understand why ...

'Fake News' Increases Consumer Demands for Corporate Action

New research finds that 'fake news' inspires consumers to demand corrective action from companies -- even if the company is a victim of the fake news story. The study also supports the idea ...

People Tune out Facts and Trust Their Guts in Medical Emergencies

A new study shows that people are more likely to base decisions on anecdotal information instead of facts when they feel anxious and ...

Stress Thwarts Our Ability to Plan Ahead by Disrupting How We Use Memory

Pairing brain scans with virtual-navigation tasks, researchers found that people make less efficient and effective plans when ...

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