Journal article

Attribute Accessibility, Normative Influence, and the Effect of Classical and Country Music on Willingness to Pay for Social Identity and Utilitarian Products

E Flynn, L Whyte, AE Krause, AC North, C Areni, L Sheridan

Psychology of Music | SAGE Publications | Published : 2020

Abstract

Previous studies indicate that background classical music is associated with customers in retail and leisure premises being prepared to pay more for various products and services. This online experiment tests whether these effects are due to music increasing the salience of valued product attributes (attribute accessibility hypothesis) or to a demand characteristic wherein music implies a norm to purchase expensive items (normative behavior hypothesis). A 3 (type of music—classical, country, no music, between subjects) × 2 (type of product—social identity or utilitarian, within subjects) × 2 (high vs. low incentive for accuracy, between subjects) mixed design was used in which participants s..

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