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Will Product Packaging Density Affect Pre-Purchase Recognition?

by Taebeum Ryu 1 and Jaehyun Park 2,*
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Department of Industrial and Management Engineering, Hanbat National University, Daejeon 34158, Korea
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Department of Industrial and Management Engineering, Incheon National University, Incheon 22012, Korea
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Foods 2019, 8(8), 352; https://doi.org/10.3390/foods8080352
Received: 1 July 2019 / Revised: 11 August 2019 / Accepted: 14 August 2019 / Published: 17 August 2019
(This article belongs to the Section Sensory and Consumer Sciences)
This study analyzed preference and satisfaction according to the weight and size of products in order to understand how the size-weight illusion (SWI) occurs in affect. Perceived weight is known to be affected not only by the weight of the object, but also by its size, color, and material. A total of 54 participants took part in the experiment. Nine kinds of cookie boxes were prepared by combining three sizes and three weight levels of confectionery products. Participants were asked to rate the perceived weight of the cookie box by the modulus method and evaluate the preference and the satisfaction of the weight by using the semantic differential (SD) scale of 11 points. The results showed that SWI occurred in terms of the perceived weight of cookies boxes like previous studies; however, SWI appeared only partially in affect. The preference and satisfaction did not increase after a certain weight, and the limits of weight were different according to the size of cookie box. These results can be referred to determine the weight and size of a product for affective design and especially utilized for the package design of cookie boxes. View Full-Text
Keywords: size-weight illusion; confectionery box; perceived weight; preference; satisfaction size-weight illusion; confectionery box; perceived weight; preference; satisfaction
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Ryu, T.; Park, J. Will Product Packaging Density Affect Pre-Purchase Recognition? Foods 2019, 8, 352.

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