Uniting individual and collective concerns through design: Priming across the senses

Philip Cash, Christopher Holm-Hansen, Sebastian Borum Olsen, Mette Louise Christensen, Yen Mai Thi Trinh

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    Abstract

    This paper contributes to design for behaviour change by testing the potential of priming via everyday products as a means of influencing users and dissolving conflicting individual and collective concerns. Self-construal is introduced as a core explanatory concept with respect to behaviours that unite individual and collective concerns. Two studies are reported. In the first, abstract representations of the target behaviour are elicited and incorporated into subconscious priming stimuli for each of the major senses: sight, hearing, touch, and smell. These primes are then evaluated in a controlled experiment. From these studies implications for both researchers and practitioners are identified. In particular, priming showed a significant effect across all senses.
    Original languageEnglish
    JournalDesign Studies
    Volume49
    Pages (from-to)32-65
    ISSN0142-694X
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2017

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