Beer and Mind Control

We know that beer affects our brain, at least if we drink enough, but a novel promotion by a South African beer company turns the tables: it lets drinkers control beer with their brain. The thirsty consumer simply dons an EEG headset (no messy gel required for this one), thinks about cold beer, and the [...]

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Finally: 2012 Super Bowl Ad Neuro-Rankings

Every year, we look forward to how the Super Bowl ads stacked up from a neuromarketing standpoint, courtesy of Sands Research. It’s taken a little longer this year, but the results are in!

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Neuromarketing Caption Winner

If you’ve been holding off picking up your copy of Brainfluence to see if you won the neuromarketing caption contest, the wait is over.

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Neuromarketing Fun: Add Your Caption

Want to win a signed copy of my new book, Brainfluence: 100 Ways to Persuade and Convince Consumers with Neuromarketing? I thought we could have a little fun while we’re waiting for the results of the Super Bowl neuromarketing studies to roll in. Read on…

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NeuroBowl: Neuromarketing and Super Bowl 2012

The Super Bowl may be the biggest sports event of the year and the biggest advertising event of the year, but it’s also the biggest event of the year for neuromarketing companies. With $3 million being spent on every 30 second spot, you can be sure that lots of advertisers rang up their favorite neuromarketing [...]

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Brain Scans In Your Home

Brain scans (of a sort) are coming to a home near you. Neuromarketing firm EmSense has launched a new service that they say will let them monitor emotional reactions while consumers are at home. Noting that market research is conducted more and more via the Internet, EmSense says its wireless “EmBand” monitor can be set [...]

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Facial EMG: Muscles Don’t Lie?

We talk a lot about EEG measurements for neuromarketing purposes, and occasionally fMRI. We’ve also discussed facial coding, in which expert viewers analyze fleeting facial expressions to detect emotional states. A technique related to facial coding but with some distinct differences is facial EMG. This technology uses electromyography to measure the activity of two primary [...]

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Stirring the Neuromarketing Pot

The gloves are coming off in the debate about which neuromarketing technologies are most effective. The initial “neurostandards” report from the Advertising Research Foundation didn’t pick any winners from the different approaches to measuring consumer response; the draft report was as carefully worded as a negotiated United Nations resolution. But Dan Hill, president of Sensory [...]

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ARF on Neuromarketing: Not So Fast

The first batch of information from the Advertising Research Foundation (ARF) NeuroStandards Collaboration Project has been released, and, perhaps unsurprisingly, the main conclusion seems to be that more research is needed. A draft of a summary document shows equivocal results. On one hand, the committee found that neuromarketing techniques can “provide important, valuable new insights [...]

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Easier Neuromarketing Studies with Mynd

A key limitation of neuromarketing studies that employ brain scan technology has been convenience. fMRI, of course, presents major problems: ultra-costly equipment, a noisy and confined space, inability to move, etc. EEG, which uses external electrodes in a cap-like array, has been the simpler, faster approach, but fully wiring up a person has still been [...]

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