Emotional Contagion and Beyond

Toxic bosses. Debbie Downers. Our language reflects the idea that some people have a real emotional effect on their fellow workers. Now, interesting research not only confirms this idea but adds to it in several important ways: – It’s not just a few people who infect others with their moods; everyone has a measurable impact [...]

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Hire Happy People!

Want your customers to have a better experience? Instead of trying to train your employees to smile, just hire happy people. Apparently, you don’t have to be an expert in reading faces to tell the difference between a real smile and a “social smile.” The latter is what facial coding experts call the smile we [...]

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Singing for Sales

Every experienced sales manager has a trick or two when it comes to hiring the best candidate for an open sales position. After a candidate passes the initial resume screening process, one manager might check out the applicant’s shoes. Another might pay close attention to how well the individual responds to an unexpected question. Here’s [...]

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Sexy Pics Beat Ugly Spiders

  Erotic images sell better than pictures of office supplies, and a lot better than photos of hairy spiders. Who knew? Actually, that’s a bit of an oversimplification. Stanford researchers led by neuroeconomics prof Brian Knutson have found that positive images, in this case mildly erotic photos of men and women shown to heterosexual men, [...]

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Florida Researchers Probe Emotions and Ads

Researchers at the University of Florida have published the results of their first advertising study using fMRI, a project intended to try to relate brain scan data to specific emotions being experienced by the subjects while viewing ads. Jon Morris, a professor of advertising and communications at Florida, was critical of past fMRI studies, noting, [...]

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Emotional Design

At a conference presentation last week (see Neuromarketing in Montreal), I made the point that the most important frontier for neuromarketers may be product design. Why struggle to make ads more appealing when you could be making the product itself more appealing by tapping into the consumer’s true feelings and reactions? According to a WIRED.com [...]

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Emotionomics

Emotionomics: Leveraging Emotions for Business Success by Dan Hill (Beaver’s Pond Press) builds on the premise that “facial coding,” the interpreting of the often involuntary expressions our faces make (sometimes called microexpressions), can be used to better understand our real emotions, reactions, and intentions. The concept of facial coding is simple in theory, if somewhat [...]

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Emotions, Taste, and Expectations

Neuroscientists using fMRI brain scans have shown that people pereceive different tastes depending on their expectations. Marketers can use this data to show the importance of advertising, packaging, and other factors that affect product perception.

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