Bissett professors Mohammed El Hazzouri and Leah Hamilton have papers published
Congratulations to Associate Professors Mohammed El Hazzouri and Leah Hamilton for having their paper published in the Journal of Public Policy and Marketing, titled: “Why Us?! How Members of Minority Groups React to Public Health Advertisements Featuring Their Own Group”. The research press release was published in The Conversation Canada and several other venues.
Abstract: This research investigates how members of minority groups respond to public health advertising that features models who belong to their own group. Results of three experiments show that ethnic minority individuals report lower intentions to take the advice solicited by widely distributed public health advertisements when the advertisements feature models who belong to their own ethnic group (as opposed to white models). This effect is driven by the fact that, for ethnic minorities, featuring one’s own ethnic group in public health advertising creates perceptions of being negatively stereotyped by the advertisers. This outcome is pronounced for those with average and high stigma consciousness. These effects were generalized in a fourth experiment in which participants with obesity reacted negatively to public health advertising featuring obese models. Public health advertising featuring minorities does not generate this backlash effect when the advertising appears in community-based publications mostly read by the featured group.
Additionally, Mohammed El Hazzouri and colleagues (Kelley Main and Donya Shabgard) published a paper in the Journal of Business Research titled: “Reminders of the sun affect men’s preferences for luxury products”.
Abstract: Evolutionary psychology has established that humans have a fundamental motive for mating, and that men buy luxury products to attract mates. Absent from this body of work is an investigation of how nature-related variables influence mating motivations, and thus affect preferences for luxury products. Using an evolutionary lens, our research examines how reminders of the sun affect men’s preferences for luxury products. The results of four experiments show that, when reminded of the sun, men become more sexually motivated, exhibit a more positive mood, and thus show higher preferences for luxury products.