Automatic effects of brand exposure on motivated behavior: How Apple makes you "think different"

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 Elprimed 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. © 2008 by JOURNAL OF CONSUMER RESEARCH, Inc.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

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

Published Date

  • 2008

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 35 / 1

Start / End Page

  • 21 - 35

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0093-5301

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1086/527269

Citation Source

  • SciVal