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Mood States and Consumer Behavior: A Critical Review

Meryl Paula Gardner
Journal of Consumer Research
Vol. 12, No. 3 (Dec., 1985), pp. 281-300
Published by: Oxford University Press
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/254374
Page Count: 20
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Abstract

A conceptual framework is presented that depicts both the mediating role of mood states and their potential importance in consumer behavior. Reviewing findings from the psychological literature indicates that mood states have direct and indirect effects on behavior, evaluation, and recall. The scope and limitations of these effects are addressed, and the implications for consumer behavior in three areas-service encounters, point-of-purchase stimuli, and communications (context and content)-are examined. Finally, the potential feasibility and viability of mood-related approaches to marketing research and practice are discussed.

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