Revealing obstacles to the consumer imagination
The research proposes that the consumer imagination combines information about a current sensory stimulus (product) with triggered episodic memories to use as inputs in making product evaluations. Two studies reveal that the consumer imagination can be suppressed when preferred haptic sensory information is missing and when a situation is unambiguous, reducing the need for relying on episodic memory. The research findings support the general notion that the consumer imagination enhances purchase intentions compared to considering product attributes because the imagination enables consumers to integrate the information in a more efficient way. In both studies, perceived ownership mediates the effect. Contributions to theory and practical implications are provided. © 2014 Society for Consumer Psychology.
Journal of Consumer Psychology
Spears, Nancy and Yazdanparast, Atefeh, "Revealing obstacles to the consumer imagination" (2014). School of Management. 88.