Effects of Product Option Framing and Temporal Distance on Consumer Choice: The Moderating Role of Process versus Outcome Mental Simulations

Mingying Lu*, William Jen

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Abstract

This research demonstrates that the type of product option framing (additive vs. subtractive) and the temporal distance between an option choice and later buying behavior can influence decision difficulty. In two studies, the authors show that consumers who engage in additive option framing experience greater difficulty in making decisions for the near future than for the distant future, whereas consumers who engage in subtractive option framing experience greater difficulty in making decisions for the distant future than for the near future. In addition, by using theories of mental simulation, the authors show that communication strategies that promote process simulations for distant-future choices in the subtractive option framing condition and those that promote outcome simulations for near-future choices in the additive option framing condition are most effective in reducing decision difficulty. These effects hold across varying product categories and varying option prices.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)856-863
Number of pages8
JournalPsychology and Marketing
Volume33
Issue number10
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Oct 2016

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