Critical Issues in Social Cognition and Consumer Preferences

A special issue of Societies (ISSN 2075-4698).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 August 2024 | Viewed by 3334

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Interests: social cognition; social perception; crowding; face perception; ideology

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Dear Colleagues,

Social influence is ubiquitous in human societies. An individual’s beliefs, attitudes, and behaviors are influenced by other people or groups, and this social influence has been a primary research area throughout the history of consumer research. Social influences manifest in a wide variety of forms which can cause changes in individuals’ beliefs, feelings, and thoughts. Such influences arise from diverse social forces, whether it be other individuals or larger groups, even if their presence is only expected or implied.

In brief, this Special Issue addresses how consumers form or change their preferences and choices as a function of diverse social contexts and influences from other individuals, groups, cultures, and societies. This Special Issue addresses the questions of how social contexts influence consumption behaviors on multiple levels: dyadic, group, and societal levels. Influencing social contexts could be other individuals’ characteristics, group characteristics, values and belief systems, or cultural characterizations. Studies can address questions of how consumers make trade-offs in different social contexts; for example, what are the roles of intuition, emotion, and reason in driving consumers’ choices and decisions in different social contexts? How do diverse beliefs, be they rational or irrational, affect consumers’ perceptions, preferences, and decisions?

For this Special Issue, we are interested in conceptual or empirical papers or hybrid research. Conceptual papers may include reviews of prior research on a substantive and relevant topic, such as the introduction of new theories or research streams from outside the field of consumer behavior, or frameworks for developing future research. Empirical papers, regardless of the methodological approach (experiments, field studies, qualitative methods, surveys, modeling, or other approaches), are solicited. The central goal of this Special Issue is to bring together novel studies that advance the understanding of how social contexts influence consumption decisions and how consumers’ choices—be they consumer actions or their responses to social actions—can affect social changes. Topics of interest for this issue include (but are not limited to):

  • Face perception;
  • Social crowding;
  • Ideology;
  • Social inequality;
  • Anthropomorphism;
  • Religion or irrational beliefs;
  • Cultural influences;
  • Morality;
  • Consumer activism.

For this Special Issue, we invite scholars who will reassess, question, or reconstruct current paradigms so as to help illuminate new issues that consumer society faces. The submitted papers should not only describe the present theoretical background but also help set theoretical bases for future research. Some potential approaches could be one of the following:

  • Proposing new frameworks or theories in viewing specific phenomena.
  • Identifying new mediators or moderators of existing relationships.
  • Examining previously underexplored theoretical relationships.
  • Discovering new areas of research where no theory exists to explain.
  • Developing scales for measuring important constructs in this domain of research.
  • Providing a comprehensive literature review that provides novel frameworks in viewing specific phenomena.

Manuscripts that help to shed light on the theoretical and practical implications of the role of social contexts on consumer behaviors will be considered for this issue. Any methodological approaches, including traditional experiments, field observations, qualitative methods, text analytics, archival data analyses, descriptive empirical analyses, and quantitative methods, are welcome. We particularly encourage manuscripts that utilize mixed methodologies, although this is not a requirement. 

Manuscripts will be judged by their ability to (1) offer a scholarly description of an important phenomenon related to this Special Issue, (2) provide a precise summary of the existing paradigm related to the topic, and (3) offer empirical (or research-based) evidence for paradigm expansion or replacement. Both high-quality conceptual papers grounded in some real-world evidence and frameworks that are tested systematically using data are welcome.

Please contact me if you have any questions about the suitability of your manuscript for the Special Issue. We look forward to working with you.

Dr. Ahreum Maeng
Guest Editor

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Keywords

  • marketing
  • consumer behavior
  • social contexts
  • social influences

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The Effect of Product Placement in Animation on Generation Z Consumers
by Zitong Cheng and Yukari Nagai
Societies 2024, 14(5), 61; https://doi.org/10.3390/soc14050061 - 2 May 2024
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In recent years, the animation market in China has flourished, and many brands use animation as a popular promotional platform to showcase their products and brands through product placement, benefitting from this marketing approach. Therefore, there is an urgent need to investigate the [...] Read more.
In recent years, the animation market in China has flourished, and many brands use animation as a popular promotional platform to showcase their products and brands through product placement, benefitting from this marketing approach. Therefore, there is an urgent need to investigate the impact of product placement on Generation Z consumers—the primary audience for animation. In this study, we used popular Chinese animation to investigate Generation Z consumers’ cognition, attitude, and purchase intention regarding product placement. The results show a significant correlation between brand cognition, attitude, and purchase intention. Low-profile brands achieve better product placement effects in animation than high-profile brands. This study also established a mathematical model of participants’ post-cognition, post-attitude, and post-purchase intention regarding product placement in animation through factor analysis. This mathematical model intuitively shows that the effect of product placement in animation is primarily determined by the audience’s post-attitude. Full article
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An Analysis of the Demand for Tourist Accommodation to Travel with Dogs in Spain
by José E. Ramos-Ruiz, Minerva Aguilar-Rivero, Jaime Aja-Valle and Lucía Castaño-Prieto
Societies 2024, 14(2), 18; https://doi.org/10.3390/soc14020018 - 30 Jan 2024
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Pets, generally, and dogs have become an essential part of families. This situation implies that people consider their dogs when planning family holidays, excluding moving to a second home. This study aims to investigate the perceptions of dog owners according to the demand [...] Read more.
Pets, generally, and dogs have become an essential part of families. This situation implies that people consider their dogs when planning family holidays, excluding moving to a second home. This study aims to investigate the perceptions of dog owners according to the demand for tourist establishments where they can stay with their pets. A total of 1391 dog owners’ surveys were collected and analyzed, and various covariance-based structural equation modelling (CB-SEM) was developed to determine the suitability of the measurement model, the second-order factors, and the relationships between the different constructs. The main results of this research show that the motivations for traveling with the dog, the limitations this encounters, and, above all, the attachment that the family has with its pet significantly influence the choice of accommodation. The findings of this research will help hotel managers with the design of policies that meet the needs of families travelling with their dogs. The analysis of dog owners’ motivations for choosing tourist accommodation due to their attachment and the limitations for travelling allows us to obtain more accurate information. Full article
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