Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: https://doi.org/10.1509/jmkr.48.2.381
Title: Shaping consumer imaginations: The role of self-focused attention in product evaluations
Authors: Hung, I.W. 
Wyer Jr., R.S.
Keywords: Context effects
Imagery
Imagination
Self-awareness
Self-focused attention
Issue Date: 2011
Citation: Hung, I.W., Wyer Jr., R.S. (2011). Shaping consumer imaginations: The role of self-focused attention in product evaluations. Journal of Marketing Research 48 (2) : 381-392. ScholarBank@NUS Repository. https://doi.org/10.1509/jmkr.48.2.381
Abstract: Consumers' attraction to a product can often be based on the subjective reactions that they imagine they would have if they personally used it. Three experiments examine the effects of self-focused attention on the use of this criterion and the conditions in which it is applied. When features of the judgment (social or nonsocial) context are similar to those of the situation in which the products are normally used, self-focused attention increases participants' disposition to imagine themselves using the products they evaluate, and in turn, these imaginings increase both their evaluations of these products and their likelihood of choosing these products as a gift for taking part in the experiment. The effects occur when features of the judgment context are manipulated both by incidental background music and by the presence of others in the situation at hand. However, when either self-focused attention is low or features of the judgment context are dissimilar to those in which the products are normally used, these effects are not apparent. © 2011, American Marketing Association.
Source Title: Journal of Marketing Research
URI: http://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/43803
ISSN: 00222437
DOI: 10.1509/jmkr.48.2.381
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