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Neuromarketing for Dummies

Neuromarketing for Dummies

Book Review: Neuromarketing For Dummies by Stephen Genco, Andrew Pohlmann and Peter Steidl Here’s another sign that neuromarketing is becoming a mainstream topic: it now has its own “Dummies” book. But, don’t let the title fool you – Neuromarketing for Dummies is a serious effort and a comprehensive guide to this emerging technology. Genco and [...]

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Are Marketers Sleazy?

Are Marketers Sleazy?

One of the common questions I’m asked at conferences and by reporters is whether neuromarketing techniques are ethical, or whether they are just one more way to manipulate consumers into buying stuff they don’t need. My response to this is to ask whether boring or annoying ads are preferable to ads that the viewer finds [...]

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Critical Thinking About Neuromarketing

Critical Thinking About Neuromarketing

For years, most criticism of neuromarketing has been either alarmism (“OMG! They are reading my thoughts to make me buy stuff!”) or outright dismissal (“There’s no valid science, they are all charlatans!”). In the last few weeks, however, a couple of thoughtful blog posts popped up that are worth a read. In The Seven Sins [...]

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Brandwashing?

Brandwashing?

I’ve been hearing the invented word “brandwashing” for years now, but this combination of “branding” and “brainwashing” received new exposure when the New York Times suggested it as a synonym for neuromarketing.

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Neuromarketing and Evil

Neuromarketing and Evil

Seth Godin has a nice post on ethical marketing that is equally applicable to neuromarketing. Godin makes the point that marketing can be used for evil purposes, such as persuading people to use products that are bad for them, but that marketing can be beautiful, too. He sums up,

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Neuropolicy Center at Emory

Neuropolicy Center at Emory

Emory University has announced the establishment of a new Center for Neuropolicy. The focus of the entity will be on the intersection of brain science, individual decision making, and politics. A new Center for Neuropolicy at Emory University will focus on how the biology of the brain influences decision-making in politics, policy and business. As [...]

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Your Mind’s Civil Rights

Your Mind’s Civil Rights

WIRED ran an interesting piece that suggests increasingly invasive brain technologies will become a legal battleground. The more obvious areas have already been discussed here and elsewhere: using brain scans as lie detectors or to see if an individual recognizes someone or something (as part of a legal investigation, perhaps). That could be just the [...]

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The Brain Imaging Debate

The Brain Imaging Debate

Are the non-medical applications of fMRI and other brain imaging technology overrated, or are we seeing the birth of a major new field of study? Ofri Ilani and Yotam Feldman of Haaretz have written a lengthy survey piece that starts by describing some of the current and planned brain imaging centers in Israel and segues [...]

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Cosmetic Neurology: Brain-Boosting Drugs

Cosmetic Neurology: Brain-Boosting Drugs

What’s the next big frontier in pharmaceutical marketing? Blockbuster drugs seem harder to develop these days, and it’s getting more difficult to sell minor tweaks to old products as major breakthroughs. It’s even getting more challenging to talk to physicians, as many of the old ploys to get face time (expensive meals, honoraria, etc.) are [...]

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Better Giving Through Chemistry: Oxytocin Drives Generosity

Better Giving Through Chemistry: Oxytocin Drives Generosity

There’s more proof that the hormone oxytocin is an important factor in our social behavior. Previously, the brain chemical was shown to be associated with trust (see Building Trust: Chemical Neuromarketing). Now, researcher Paul Zak, a professor of economics and director of the Center for Neuroeconomics Studies at Claremont Graduate University in California, has shown [...]

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