Automatic Effects of Brand Exposure on Motivated Behavior: How Apple Makes You "Think Different"

Journal Article

This article first examines whether brand exposure elicits automatic behavioral effects as does exposure to social primes. Results support the translation of these effects: participants primed with Apple logos behave more creatively than IBM primed and controls; Disney-primed participants behave more honestly than E!-primed participants and controls. Second, this article investigates the hypothesis that exposure to goal-relevant brands (i.e., those that represent a positively valenced characteristic) elicits behavior that is goal directed in nature. Three experiments demonstrate that the primed behavior showed typical goal-directed qualities, including increased performance postdelay, decreased performance postprogress, and moderation by motivation. (c) 2008 by JOURNAL OF CONSUMER RESEARCH, Inc..

Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Fitzsimons, GM; Chartrand, TL; Fitzsimons, GJ

Published Date

  • March 2008

Published In

  • Journal of Consumer Research

Volume / Issue

  • 35 / 1

Start / End Page

  • 21 - 35