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Measuring Without Needing to Ask: Adam de Paula #Netgain6 #MRIA

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Behavioural Economics
Adam de Paula – Managing Director, Sentis Market Research, Inc
Measuring Without Needing to Ask: Using Implicit measures to Predict Choice

  • It’s not the consumers job to know what they want – Steve Jobs
  • People have no idea why they’re doing what they’re doing so they try to make something up that makes sense – Clotaire Rapaille [TOTALLY agree]
  • Surveys are about measuring explicit attitudes and behaviours
  • Explicit measures rely on conscious thought have limited predictive value
  • Implicit measures tap preferences and feelings indirectly
  • You can predict divorce over 3 years with non-verbal measures – eye rolling, sneering, silence, monosyllabic mutterings
  • Predict litigation with dominance and lack of concern
  • Predict career based on people’s names – Dennis more likely to be a dentist, Louis more likely to move to St. Louis – Unconsciously, we associate things with ourselves. Dennis won’t admit it but statistics will prove it.
  • BE is how people really make judgments and choices. The old model of people think through all the options is off the table now.
  • Implicit associations between words – old/weak, beauty/youth. Activation of one word, automatically activates the second word.
  • People are bad at accurately reporting on what has influenced them. We can prove people are influenced by the space or size but people won’t recognize that.
  • Group task – tap your left knee or right knee to indicate whether a word belongs to younger or older male [room full of tapping sounds now] Now task is good vs bad [quick tapping from everyone] Now task is young and good vs older and bad [woah …. tapping sounds are few and slow] . As tapping gets slower, people are having harder timing matching a picture to multiple words that may or may not represent a cohesive theme.
  • Great process for stereotyping research because people don’t feel comfortable saying what they really feel. There’s no social desirability here.
  • Useful conditions for implicit measures – quick judgments, many alternatives, early life attitudes

If you think ads don’t influence you, you’re only fooling yourself

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Implicit memory is a fascinating aspects of human psychology. Even when you think you aren’t paying attention to something, your brain is still taking it all in. All those ads on TV that you talk over, all the billboards along the highway that you ignore, all the signs in store windows that you gloss over, all of them are still being registered by your brain even if you actively try to ignore them.

Implicit memory is the memory you have for things that you have experienced before but don’t actively remember. It essentially causes you to do something, think of something,  buy something, recommend something, try something that you’ve already heard about before even if you can’t remember hearing about it before.

It’s the favorite colour you have for buying clothes because your mom used to dress you in that colour when you were a baby. It’s your favourite food because Grandma gave it to you once as a reward even though you don’t remember the event at all. It’s all th95% of events that pass you by every day that you don’t pay the slightest attention to.

What this means is your opinion of statistics will be just a little bit more positive after leaving this website. Of course, it may just mean that your hate score of 1.1 on a five point score will only improve to 1.2.

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