The influence of advertisements on health-related implicit attitudes and behaviour

Lindsay, Daniel, and Swinbourne, Anne (2013) The influence of advertisements on health-related implicit attitudes and behaviour. Psychology & Health, 28 (S1). p. 121.

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Background: Contemporary alcohol research suggests that implicit attitudes are important predictors of drinking behaviour and there is growing interest surrounding factors influencing them. Research suggests that evaluative conditioning (EC) influences implicit attitudes and at a population level the most obvious and prolific use of EC is advertising.

Methods: Participants (n= 51, mean age= 22.43) completed alcohol- and chocolate-related Implicit Association Tests (IAT) before viewing an advertisement for either chocolate or beer. Participants then completed post-test IATs before being provided with chocolate and beer products and asked to consume as much as they wanted.

Findings: Viewing a beer advertisement produced a significant positive shift in alcohol-related implicit attitudes from pre- to post-test. No other significant effects on implicit attitudes or behaviour were found.

Discussion: Alcohol advertisements are effective in changing alcohol-related implicit attitudes; however the influence on behaviour requires further investigation. Implications for the manipulation of alcohol-related implicit attitudes are discussed.

Item ID: 31193
Item Type: Article (Abstract)
ISSN: 1476-8321
Keywords: implicit attitudes; advertising; alcohol consumption
Date Deposited: 24 Apr 2014 02:21
FoR Codes: 17 PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES > 1701 Psychology > 170106 Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology @ 50%
17 PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES > 1702 Cognitive Science > 170202 Decision Making @ 50%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9204 Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health) > 920401 Behaviour and Health @ 40%
92 HEALTH > 9204 Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health) > 920414 Substance Abuse @ 60%
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