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Peer Review Status: Refereed
Title: The effect of personality on response to sexual appeals
Author(s): Black, Iain R
Organ, George C
Morton, Peta
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Keywords: Advertising research
Experimental design
Advertising effectiveness
Individual behaviour
Issue Date: 2010
Date Deposited: 7-Sep-2021
Citation: Black IR, Organ GC & Morton P (2010) The effect of personality on response to sexual appeals. European Journal of Marketing, 44 (9/10), pp. 1453-1477.
Abstract: Purpose This paper aims to examine the role of personality in how people respond to sexual appeals in advertising. The impact of three traits (extraversion, neuroticism and openness) was tested. Design/methodology/approach A mixed‐factor experimental design was used. Gender, level of sexual appeal (manipulated over two levels) and participants' standing on each of the three personality trait scales were the between‐subjects factors. Relevance of the product to the appeal, which was also manipulated over two levels, was the within‐subjects factor. The sample comprised 156 undergraduate students, and each student was randomly assigned to either a mild appeals or an overt appeals condition. Findings The results show that levels of extraversion and openness directly affect responses to advertisements as measured with attitude towards the advertisement. Research limitations/implications Recommendations are made, including that overt sexual appeals should not be used on a target audience of “introverts”, or people who are characterised as quiet, shy and reserved. Originality/value This research extends existing work on the effect of individual differences on consumers' reactions to advertising and is the first to show that personality traits affect responses to sexual appeals.
DOI Link: 10.1108/03090561011062925
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