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Focusing on Desirability: The Effect of Decision Interruption and Suspension on Preferences

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  • Wendy Liu
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    This research examines the phenomenon of interruptions and suspensions in decision making. It is proposed that information processing may change from a bottom-up, data-driven to a top-down, goal-directed mode after an interruption, thereby affecting preferences. In particular, in decisions involving desirability and feasibility conflicts, because desirability is a superordinate goal to feasibility, four studies found that when a decision is interrupted and later resumed, people become more likely to favor highly desirable but less feasible consumption, such as a high-risk, high-reward option or a high-quality, high-price option. A reduced focus on feasibility is found to underlie this effect. (c) 2008 by JOURNAL OF CONSUMER RESEARCH, Inc..

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

    Volume (Year): 35 (2008)
    Issue (Month): 4 (08)
    Pages: 640-652

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    Handle: RePEc:ucp:jconrs:v:35:y:2008:i:4:p:640-652

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    1. Lin, Ying-Ching & Fang, Shiuan-Huei, 2013. "The face value of foreign currency on consumer price perception—The moderating effect of product substitution," Journal of Business Research, Elsevier, vol. 66(6), pages 745-751.
    2. Chang, En-Chung & Lv, Yilin & Chou, Ting-Jui & He, Qingwen & Song, Zhuozhao, 2014. "Now or later: Delay's effects on post-consumption emotions and consumer loyalty," Journal of Business Research, Elsevier, vol. 67(7), pages 1368-1375.

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