Car Faces are Female : Parallels in the Neural Activaton elecited by Human and Car Faces

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Abstract

Car designers and critics often refer to car fronts as faces, thus, interpreting the lights as eyes and the grille as nose/mouth. Perceiving nonhuman objects as human is called anthropomorphizing and behavioral studies indicate that fostering this tendency in products leads to several desirable responses on the customer's side. So far, studies on this topic lack process measures in order to prove this to be the underlying mechanism leaving room for several other explanations. An fMRI study comparing the processing of female, male and car faces indicates that the general pattern of activation overlaps remarkably between human and car faces and the activation of the reward circuit is similar for female and car faces. This result points to the potential of applying laws of beauty established in the domain of human faces to car designs to increase their liking.

Authors Landwehr, Jan R.; Weber, Bernd; Herrmann, Andreas & Elgar, Christian E.
Editors Reimann, Martin & Schilke, Oliver
Language English
Subjects business studies
HSG Classification contribution to scientific community
Refereed No
Date 9 October 2008
Publisher Association for NeuroPsychoEconomics
Page Range 12
Title of Book 2008 NeuroPsychoEconomics Conference Proceedings
Event Title NeuroPsychoEconomics Conference
Event Location Munich, Germany
Event Dates 09.-10.10.2008
ISSN 1861-8243
Official URL http://www.neuropsychoeconomics.org/wp-content/upl...
Depositing User Prof. Dr. Andreas Herrmann
Date Deposited 25 Nov 2008 09:16
Last Modified 05 Jan 2018 09:32
URI: https://www.alexandria.unisg.ch/publications/49386

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Landwehr, Jan R.; Weber, Bernd; Herrmann, Andreas & Elgar, Christian E.: Car Faces are Female : Parallels in the Neural Activaton elecited by Human and Car Faces. 2008. - NeuroPsychoEconomics Conference. - Munich, Germany.

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