The weight of the saddened soul: the bidrectionality between physical heaviness and sadness and its implications for sensory marketing

Hung, Y-C, Zheng, X, Carlson, J and Giurge, L (2017) The weight of the saddened soul: the bidrectionality between physical heaviness and sadness and its implications for sensory marketing. Journal of Marketing Management, 33 (11-12). pp. 917-941. ISSN 0267-257X

Abstract

Heaviness is a bodily metaphor used to express sadness. Building on embodied cognition theory and metaphor theory, we argue that sadness is grounded in bodily sensation of heaviness, which has important sensory marketing implications for engaging consumer senses to affect consumer decision-making and attitude formation processes. We found support for this metaphorical link between heaviness and sadness across six studies. We showed that carrying a heavy bag saddened individuals and increased the valuation of a teddy bear. Intention to donate to a charity supporting endangered tigers increased when burdened participants watched a sad video about these animals. Conversely, sadness induced physical heaviness and increased preference for an easy-to-maintain sofa. Further, sad individuals disliked an advertisement for a sports drink that figured energy-consuming actions. Our findings inform sensory marketing practice about embedding the bodily sensation of heaviness to induce sadness in marketing communication.

More Details

Item Type: Article
Subject Areas: Organisational Behaviour
Additional Information:

© 2017 Informa UK

Subjects: M > Marketing
C > Customer relations
Date Deposited: 20 Dec 2019 14:53
Last Modified: 05 Feb 2020 11:41
URI: http://lbsresearch.london.edu/id/eprint/1314
More

Export and Share


Download

Full text not available from this repository.

Statistics

Altmetrics
View details on Dimensions' website

Downloads from LBS Research Online

View details

Actions (login required)

Edit Item Edit Item