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Story ImageThe Huffington Post
Friends And Envy: When Your Friends Have More--and When They Have Less
July 25, 2015

Whatever we know, or think we know, about other people's finances is largely speculative but this may lead many of us to spend beyond our means, whether to keep up with others or project a certain status, or simply out of unconcern for the concept of debt. A study in the Journal of Consumer Research found that when subjects were made to feel a lack of social power, they were willing to pay more for high-status goods, presumably to compensate for lower status.

Desire to Acquire: Powerlessness and Compensatory Consumption
by Derek D. Rucker, Adam D. Galinsky
Story ImageTIME
5 Weird Ways Ovulation Can Affect Your Body
July 18, 2015

Evolutionarily, it makes sense that a woman’s libido goes up during the time of the month she’s most fertile. But ovulating women don’t just consciously think more about sex; it’s on their mind in sneakier ways as well. According to a study in the Journal of Consumer Research, during ovulation women may be more likely to unconsciously buy and wear sexier clothing.

Ovulation, Female Competition, and Product Choice: Hormonal Influences on Consumer Behavior
by Kristina M. Durante, Vladas Griskevicius, Sarah E. Hill, Carin Perilloux, Norman P. Li
Story ImagePsychology Today
Six Ways to Get What You Want without Whining
July 4, 2015

There are many situations in life where adults legitimately should be able to voice their complaints to others. Unfortunately, because we associate complaining with whining, we may not be able to voice those complaints at all or in a way that will guarantee some type of corrective action. However, humorous complaining can have beneficial effects because it softens the overall negative tone of a complaint.

Humorous Complaining
by A. Peter McGraw, Caleb Warren, Christina Kan
Story ImageThe Atlantic
Why It Pays to Be a Jerk
July 1, 2015

A study in the Journal of Consumer Research found that when it came to “aspirational” brands like Gucci, Burberry, and Louis Vuitton, consumers were willing to pay more in a scenario in which they felt rejected. But a customer had to feel a longing for the brand, and if the salesperson did not look the image the brand was trying to project, condescension backfired. For mass-market retailers like the Gap, American Eagle, and H&M, rejection backfired regardless.

Should the Devil Sell Prada? Retail Rejection Increases Aspiring Consumers' Desire for the Brand
by Morgan K. Ward, Darren W. Dahl
Story ImageFox News
In Tough Times, Parents Favor Daughters
June 30, 2015

Almost all parents say that they don't favor one of their children over another, but a new study in the Journal of Consumer Research shows that sentiment flies out the window when times get tough, because economic recessions subconsciously lead parents to prefer girls over boys.

Spending on Daughters Versus Sons in Economic Recessions
by Kristina M. Durante, Vladas Griskevicius, Joseph P. Redden, Andrew Edward White
Story ImageEntrepreneur
Six Tactics to Increase Productivity by Organizing Your Workspace
June 30, 2015

Open spaces are increasingly popular in office design. Feng shui principles suggest that rounded furniture tends to generate more creativity, and a study published in the Journal of Consumer Research found that sitting in circles or curved environments sparked more brain activity linked with reward, “aesthetic appreciation”, and a collective mindset.

Exploring the Impact of Various Shaped Seating Arrangements on Persuasion
by Rui (Juliet) Zhu, Jennifer J. Argo
Story ImagePBS NewsHour
Why I Wake Up at 5 a.m. to Golf Alone
June 30, 2015

There is an irrational fear based on social stigma that going solo to a public activity like dinner or a movie won’t be as enjoyable as going with a group. A study in the Journal of Consumer Research in August found that people opt out of doing things all the time simply because they don’t want to go alone. But the study also found they’d be happier if they just took the stag by the horns.

Inhibited from Bowling Alone
by Rebecca K. Ratner, Rebecca W. Hamilton
Story ImageDaily Mail
Researchers Say Parents Prefer Daughters over Sons If Times Get Tough
June 29, 2015

In tough economic times, parents financially favour daughters over sons, according to a study published in the Journal of Consumer Research. Researchers found participants preferred to enroll a daughter rather than a son in beneficial programs, preferred to give a U.S. Treasury bond to a daughter rather than a son, and bequeathed a greater share of their assets to female offspring in their will when they perceived economic conditions to be poor.

Spending on Daughters Versus Sons in Economic Recessions
by Kristina M. Durante, Vladas Griskevicius, Joseph P. Redden, Andrew Edward White
Story ImagePsychology Today
Why You Should Embrace Your Insecurities and Not Mask Them
June 23, 2015

Our attempts to compensate for feelings of inadequacy could leave us feeling worse, according to a study published in the Journal of Consumer Research. Researchers discovered that people who tried to prove themselves worthy were more likely to dwell on their shortcomings. Ultimately, people felt worse about themselves after trying to compensate for the threats they felt to their self-image.

Perils of Compensatory Consumption: Within-Domain Compensation Undermines Subsequent Self-Regulation
by Monika Lisjak, Andrea Bonezzi, Soo Kim, Derek D. Rucker
Story ImageBoston Globe
A Personal Connection
June 7, 2015

In a series of experiments, researchers found that products — whether a cookie or a television — that were given a personified appearance or description made it harder for people to resist. This effect was the result of feeling less personal responsibility for consuming a personified product.

When Temptations Come Alive: How Anthropomorphism Undermines Self-Control
by Julia D. Hur, Minjung Koo, Wilhelm Hofmann
Story ImageThe Huffington Post
3 Scientific Strategies for Overcoming Procrastination
June 7, 2015

A study in the Journal of Consumer Research reveals our natural inclination to categorize time. Researchers explain that we have a tendency to view things in terms of "present" and "future." When we categorize a deadline as being in the present, we're likely to start working on the goal. When we decide something falls into the "future" category, we simply file it in our "someday" archives and it's easy for those goals to be neglected.

The Categorization of Time and Its Impact on Task Initiation
by Yanping Tu, Dilip Soman
Story ImagePacific Standard
Blow Your Diet? Blame Captain Cupcake
June 4, 2015

He looks so delightfully distinguished, with his top hat and monocle. But if you’re trying to lose weight, beware: Mr. Peanut may be your worst enemy. According to a paper just published in the Journal of Consumer Research, giving consumer products human qualities is a uniquely effective way of short-circuiting our self-control and prompting us to purchase them.

When Temptations Come Alive: How Anthropomorphism Undermines Self-Control
by Julia D. Hur, Minjung Koo, Wilhelm Hofmann
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Jul 29Cambio de costumbres: los beneficios de salir solo
InfoBAE.com
Inhibited from Bowling Alone
Rebecca K. Ratner, Rebecca W. Hamilton
Jul 24Slices of Life - I have an opinion about that
Traer Star-Clipper
Are Close Friends the Enemy? Online Social Networks, Self-Esteem, and Self-Control
Keith Wilcox, Andrew T. Stephen
Jul 23Social network use momentarily enhances self-esteem which reduces self-control
Burke County Tribune
Are Close Friends the Enemy? Online Social Networks, Self-Esteem, and Self-Control
Keith Wilcox, Andrew T. Stephen
Jul 22Wissenschaftlich erwiesen: Café-Klang macht kreativ
literaturcafe.de
Is Noise Always Bad? Exploring the Effects of Ambient Noise on Creative Cognition
Ravi Mehta, Rui (Juliet) Zhu, Amar Cheema
Jul 21In tight money times, parents favor daughters over sons
MyCentralJersey.com
Spending on Daughters Versus Sons in Economic Recessions
Kristina M. Durante, Vladas Griskevicius, Joseph P. Redden, Andrew Edward White
Jul 185 Weird Ways Ovulation Can Affect Your Body
TIME Moneyland
Ovulation, Female Competition, and Product Choice: Hormonal Influences on Consumer Behavior
Kristina M. Durante, Vladas Griskevicius, Sarah E. Hill, Carin Perilloux, Norman P. Li
Jul 17Those on a tight budget choose material goods over experiences
CreditCards.com
Seeking Lasting Enjoyment with Limited Money: Financial Constraints Increase Preference for Material Goods over Experiences
Stephanie M. Tully, Hal E. Hershfield, Tom Meyvis
Jul 15Zaboravite na muškarce, ovo su provodi koje morate isprobati - same!
Vecernji list
Inhibited from Bowling Alone
Rebecca K. Ratner, Rebecca W. Hamilton
Jul 135 Weird Ways Ovulation Can Affect Your Body
Health
Ovulation, Female Competition, and Product Choice: Hormonal Influences on Consumer Behavior
Kristina M. Durante, Vladas Griskevicius, Sarah E. Hill, Carin Perilloux, Norman P. Li
Jul 8How can CSR benefit everyone - the company, the consumer and the cause?
FoodNavigator.com
Doing Well by Doing Good: The Benevolent Halo of Corporate Social Responsibility
Alexander Chernev, Sean Blair
Jul 8How can CSR benefit everyone - the company, the consumer and the cause?
FoodNavigator.com
Doing Well by Doing Good: The Benevolent Halo of Corporate Social Responsibility
Alexander Chernev, Sean Blair
Jul 8Six in 10 consumers desire nostalgic confectionery: study
Food Dive
Nostalgia Weakens the Desire for Money
Jannine D. Lasaleta, Constantine Sedikides, Kathleen D. Vohs
Jul 7In Tight Money Times, Parents Favor Daughters Over Sons
Newswise
Spending on Daughters Versus Sons in Economic Recessions
Kristina M. Durante, Vladas Griskevicius, Joseph P. Redden, Andrew Edward White
Jul 6Bad economy leads parents to favor daughters
Futurity.org
Spending on Daughters Versus Sons in Economic Recessions
Kristina M. Durante, Vladas Griskevicius, Joseph P. Redden, Andrew Edward White
Jul 4When times are tough, parents favor daughters over sons
PsyPost
Spending on Daughters Versus Sons in Economic Recessions
Kristina M. Durante, Vladas Griskevicius, Joseph P. Redden, Andrew Edward White
Jul 3When Money's Tight, Daughters Are Favored Over Sons
Laboratory Equipment
Spending on Daughters Versus Sons in Economic Recessions
Kristina M. Durante, Vladas Griskevicius, Joseph P. Redden, Andrew Edward White
Jul 3Parents shield girls more in downturns, U study says
Minneapolis Star Tribune
Spending on Daughters Versus Sons in Economic Recessions
Kristina M. Durante, Vladas Griskevicius, Joseph P. Redden, Andrew Edward White
Jul 2When times are tough, parents favor daughters over sons
e! Science News
Spending on Daughters Versus Sons in Economic Recessions
Kristina M. Durante, Vladas Griskevicius, Joseph P. Redden, Andrew Edward White
Jul 2When money's tight, whom do parents favor more?
NJ.com
Spending on Daughters Versus Sons in Economic Recessions
Kristina M. Durante, Vladas Griskevicius, Joseph P. Redden, Andrew Edward White
Jul 2In Tight Money Times, Parents Favor Daughters Over Sons
Richmond Times Dispatch
Spending on Daughters Versus Sons in Economic Recessions
Kristina M. Durante, Vladas Griskevicius, Joseph P. Redden, Andrew Edward White
Jul 1In Tight Money Times, Parents Favor Daughters Over Sons
Richmond Times Dispatch
Spending on Daughters Versus Sons in Economic Recessions
Kristina M. Durante, Vladas Griskevicius, Joseph P. Redden, Andrew Edward White
Jul 1In Tight Money Times, Parents Favor Daughters Over Sons
Richmond Times Dispatch
Spending on Daughters Versus Sons in Economic Recessions
Kristina M. Durante, Vladas Griskevicius, Joseph P. Redden, Andrew Edward White
Jun 30Parents Favor Daughters in Tough Financial Times
Yahoo! Parenting
Spending on Daughters Versus Sons in Economic Recessions
Kristina M. Durante, Vladas Griskevicius, Joseph P. Redden, Andrew Edward White
Jun 30Parents Favor Daughters When Times Are Tough
Newser
Spending on Daughters Versus Sons in Economic Recessions
Kristina M. Durante, Vladas Griskevicius, Joseph P. Redden, Andrew Edward White
Jun 30Sibling Rivalry: Parents Spend More Money On Daughters Than Sons When Expecting Economic Challenges
Medical Daily
Spending on Daughters Versus Sons in Economic Recessions
Kristina M. Durante, Vladas Griskevicius, Joseph P. Redden, Andrew Edward White
Jun 30Why I wake up at 5 am to golf alone
NET Website
Inhibited from Bowling Alone
Rebecca K. Ratner, Rebecca W. Hamilton
Jun 30Parents favor daughters over sons when dollars are short
Minneapolis Star Tribune
Spending on Daughters Versus Sons in Economic Recessions
Kristina M. Durante, Vladas Griskevicius, Joseph P. Redden, Andrew Edward White
Jun 30Happiness can be found by going solo
Duluth News Tribune
Inhibited from Bowling Alone
Rebecca K. Ratner, Rebecca W. Hamilton
Jun 29When times are tough, parents favor daughters over sons
Science Codex
Spending on Daughters Versus Sons in Economic Recessions
Kristina M. Durante, Vladas Griskevicius, Joseph P. Redden, Andrew Edward White
Jun 29When times are tough, parents favor daughters over sons
Phys.Org
Spending on Daughters Versus Sons in Economic Recessions
Kristina M. Durante, Vladas Griskevicius, Joseph P. Redden, Andrew Edward White
Jun 25The 5 Best Ways to Say 'No' to Your Coworkers
The Cheat Sheet
“I Don’t” versus “I Can’t”: When Empowered Refusal Motivates Goal-Directed Behavior
Vanessa M. Patrick, Henrik Hagtvedt
Jun 17Chocolate on top: how a cashless economy might be bad for your waistline
How Credit Card Payments Increase Unhealthy Food Purchases: Visceral Regulation of Vices
Manoj Thomas, Kalpesh Kaushik Desai, Satheeshkumar Seenivasan
Jun 15This new finding might teach you how to stop procrastinating
Business Insider
The Categorization of Time and Its Impact on Task Initiation
Yanping Tu, Dilip Soman
Jun 14Here's the real reason why you procrastinate
The Categorization of Time and Its Impact on Task Initiation
Yanping Tu, Dilip Soman
Jun 13Why you should really start doing more things alone
Richmond.com
Inhibited from Bowling Alone
Rebecca K. Ratner, Rebecca W. Hamilton
Jun 10Going solo an underappreciated source of happiness
Gazettextra
Inhibited from Bowling Alone
Rebecca K. Ratner, Rebecca W. Hamilton
Jun 9The unbounded joy of solitary outings
Daily Life
Inhibited from Bowling Alone
Rebecca K. Ratner, Rebecca W. Hamilton
Jun 9Being alone is no reason to be a recluse
Sarasota Herald-Tribune
Inhibited from Bowling Alone
Rebecca K. Ratner, Rebecca W. Hamilton
Jun 9Not everyone who worries about immigrants is a bigot -- they're just in a moral bind
Phys.Org
Indigenes’ Responses to Immigrants’ Consumer Acculturation: A Relational Configuration Analysis
Marius K. Luedicke
Jun 7Making case for bowling alone
The Bulletin
Inhibited from Bowling Alone
Rebecca K. Ratner, Rebecca W. Hamilton
Jun 7Not everyone who worries about immigrants is a bigot
The Malaysian Insider
Indigenes’ Responses to Immigrants’ Consumer Acculturation: A Relational Configuration Analysis
Marius K. Luedicke
Jun 7The case for bowling alone: Going solo underappreciated source of happiness
Naples Daily News
Inhibited from Bowling Alone
Rebecca K. Ratner, Rebecca W. Hamilton
Jun 5Not everyone who worries about immigrants is a bigot -– they’re just in a moral bind
Indigenes’ Responses to Immigrants’ Consumer Acculturation: A Relational Configuration Analysis
Marius K. Luedicke
Jun 5Researchers say: Don't worry what other people think, going out on your own can be fun
The British Psychological Society
Inhibited from Bowling Alone
Rebecca K. Ratner, Rebecca W. Hamilton
Jun 3Is binge watching TV really that bad for us?
SBS Australia
When Narrative Brands End: The Impact of Narrative Closure and Consumption Sociality on Loss Accommodation
Cristel Antonia Russell, Hope Jensen Schau
Jun 1Discovering the art of masturdation
Stuff.co.nz
Inhibited from Bowling Alone
Rebecca K. Ratner, Rebecca W. Hamilton
Jun 1Discovering the art of masturdation
Sydney Morning Herald
Inhibited from Bowling Alone
Rebecca K. Ratner, Rebecca W. Hamilton
May 31How to do things alone
IOL Lifestyle
Inhibited from Bowling Alone
Rebecca K. Ratner, Rebecca W. Hamilton
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