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Tactile Stimulation and Consumer Response

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  • Hornik, Jacob
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    Tactile behavior is a basic communication form as well as an expression of interpersonal involvement. This article presents three studies offering evidence for the positive role of casual interpersonal touch on consumer behavior. More specifically, it provides initial support for the view that tactile stimulation in various consumer behavior situations enhances the positive feeling for and evaluation of both the external stimuli and the touching source. Further, customers touched by a requester tend to comply more than customers in no-touch conditions. Implications for consumer behavior theory and research are discussed. Copyright 1992 by the University of Chicago.

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    Article provided by University of Chicago Press in its journal Journal of Consumer Research.

    Volume (Year): 19 (1992)
    Issue (Month): 3 (December)
    Pages: 449-58

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    Handle: RePEc:ucp:jconrs:v:19:y:1992:i:3:p:449-58

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    1. Schindler, Robert M., 2008. "Blessings and the spiritual life of consumers," Journal of Business Research, Elsevier, vol. 61(5), pages 542-543, May.
    2. Parrett, Matt, 2011. "Do people with food service experience tip better?," Journal of Behavioral and Experimental Economics (formerly The Journal of Socio-Economics), Elsevier, vol. 40(5), pages 464-471.
    3. Azar, Ofer H., 2006. "Tipping, firm strategy, and industrial organization," MPRA Paper 4485, University Library of Munich, Germany.
    4. Azar, Ofer H., 2011. "Business strategy and the social norm of tipping," Journal of Economic Psychology, Elsevier, vol. 32(3), pages 515-525, June.
    5. Peck, Joann & Childers, Terry L., 2006. "If I touch it I have to have it: Individual and environmental influences on impulse purchasing," Journal of Business Research, Elsevier, vol. 59(6), pages 765-769, June.

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