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Too Many Choices!

Which shirt to buy? Which mate to pursue? An excess of options leaves us increasingly unhappy with any choice we make.

What Is Consumer Behavior?

Consumer behavior is a hotbed of psychological research as it ties together issues of communication (advertising and marketing), identity (you are what you buy), social status, decision-making, and mental and physical health. Corporations use findings about consumer behavior to determine how best to market products; you can put the information to use in deciding what, when, and why to buy.



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Behavioral Economics Blogs

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    Baffled by Numbers

    Navigating information towards better health decisions.
  • Behind Online Behavior

    Psychological insights on the choices we make online.
  • Alain Samson, Ph.D.

    Consumed

    The psychology of what we buy, how we choose, and why we need to make sense of it all.
  • Kate Levinson

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  • Michael F. Kay

    Financial Life Focus

    How to clearly navigate your financial life
  • David Ropeik

    How Risky Is It, Really?

    Why our fears don't always match the facts
  • Peter Noel Murray, Ph.D.

    Inside the Consumer Mind

    Understanding the rational and emotional foundations of consumer behavior
  • Matthew Shanahan, M.Sc.

    Living It

    The stress of life's ontological experiment