Method to the Madness: FSU faculty available to comment on sports psychology, team dynamics for NCAA basketball tournament

In the pressure cooker that is March Madness, some teams collapse and others thrive. Players and coaches who compete every year for that one shining moment strive to understand what makes that important difference. The first round of the men’s…

UNLV Experts Available: Super Bowl 2024

The Super Bowl: It’s annually one of the nation’s most-watched television broadcasts. And this year it’s happening in what’s perhaps the most fitting destination yet — Las Vegas, the Entertainment Capital of the World. From tourism and gaming to history and health, UNLV has experts who are uniquely poised to share perspectives on the sport, as well as the city where the Big Game is being held.

Power of the Pictogram: Rensselaer Researcher Finds That Sorted Graphics Make Consumers Feel Optimistic

Sometimes, how the information is presented is as important as the information itself. Graphics, icons, and pictograms are increasingly popular methods of presenting information to consumers in direct, memorable, and easily understandable ways.A team of researchers led by Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute’s Gaurav Jain, Ph.D.

Economic expert explains why Halloween has already invaded retail stores

Bewildering as the premature arrival of Halloween merchandise might seem, the impetus for retailers to get the jump on a holiday can be readily explained as simple economic behavior. Jadrian Wooten, a Virginia Tech professor of economics, explained what drives these early holiday displays.

Moveable Robotic Platform Could Be the Future of Retail

Shifting customer shopping habits, exacerbated by the recent pandemic, have forced retailers to reimagine the way goods and services are handled. “Omni-channel services” — such as buy online and pickup in store, in-store returns, ship from store, and home delivery — have shifted the in-store logistics once done by shoppers to retailers.

Gen Z Shoppers Likely Driving Some Small Business Shopping Trends

While the numbers aren’t in just yet on how many people supported small businesses over the holiday weekend, a pre-holiday survey from Bankrate predicted more consumers were planning to shop on Small Business Saturday than on Black Friday. If you would…

What You Should Know About Holiday Shopping

Rutgers experts provide insight on ways to save money while focusing on holiday cheer With Black Friday and Cyber Monday upon us, Rutgers experts weigh in on the holiday retail season. What should consumers do over the next month to know they…

How Much Will Inflation Really Influence Spending This Holiday Season?

Almost everything is more expensive these days: Gas prices have reached record highs. Grocery prices are through the roof. And as we approach the holiday season, all that inflation leaves little money for extras like entertainment, travel, or shopping — or does it?  For the scoop on how inflation will influence the holidays, we checked in with UNLV hospitality professor, tourism researcher, and consumer behavior expert Amanda Belarmino.

Consumer behavior expert explains why fans spend thousands on Taylor Swift concert tickets

Subimal Chatterjee is a SUNY distinguished teaching professor of marketing in Binghamton University’s School of Management. He researches consumer behavior, irrational decision-making and how value perceptions are shaped. Why do fans spend thousands on concert tickets? For major artists like…

Hiding chocolate stashes or Amazon purchases from a partner? ‘Guilty’ purchases may have benefits

Do you have a secret stash of chocolates that you keep from your partner, or do you intentionally keep your spouse from knowing about something you bought on Amazon? New research indicates that small but commonly hidden actions such as these may be good for the relationship.

Consumers embrace milk carton QR codes, may cut food waste

The “use-by” and “best-by” dates printed on milk cartons and gallon jugs may soon become a thing of the past, giving way to more accurate and informative QR codes. A new Cornell University study finds that consumers will use the QR codes – to better depict how long the milk is drinkable and create substantially less agricultural and food waste.

Study of Diaper Sales Offers New Way to Determine Commercial Products’ Popularity, Durability

To gauge the popularity, quality, and durability of a consumer product, Professor Andrew Ching of the Johns Hopkins Carey Business School came up with the idea of examining the “inter-purchase” periods for products – that is, the amount of time between one purchase of a product and then the next purchase of the same item to replenish the supply.

Super Bowl Ads Critique: Maryland Smith Experts Available

Consumer behavior and advertising experts at the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business are available to critique this year’s Super Bowl commercials. The experts are marketing professors Henry C. Boyd III, Amna Kirmani and Judy Frels. Boyd…

The Stakes for Brands Speaking out on the Capitol Riot: Maryland Smith Experts Comment, Available

Marketing and consumer behavior experts Amna Kirmani and Henry C. (Hank) Boyd III at the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School are available to expand on her comments, below, explaining what’s at stake for brands that speak out against the Jan.…

As Stores Reopen, Which Customers Are Most Likely to Return? New research in MIT Sloan Review reveals how consumer preferences have changed and how retailers can adapt.

As Stores Reopen, Which Customers Are Most Likely to Return? New research reveals how consumer preferences have changed and how retailers can adapt. Professors Patrick Lynch and Richard Ettenson available for commentary, analysis, and interviews. The COVID-19 pandemic and…

HU facial recognition software predicts criminality

A group of Harrisburg University of Science and Technology students and professors have developed an automated computer classifier capable of predicting with 80% accuracy and no racial bias whether someone is likely to be a criminal based solely on a picture of their face.
Jonathan W. Korn, a PhD student in Harrisburg University of Science and Technology’s Data Science program and a NYPD veteran; Prof. Nathaniel J.S. Ashby, and Prof. Roozbeh Sadeghian’s research titled “A Deep Neural Network Model to Predict Criminality Using Image Processing” will appear in the forthcoming Springer Nature – Research Book Series: Transactions on Computational Science & Computational Intelligence

Consumer Stockpiling During COVID-19 Crisis Can Look Panicky, But It Has Its Rational Side

Consumers are clearing store shelves. Some observers call it “panic buying.” But a Johns Hopkins University expert on consumer behavior, while acknowledging that panic is an element of the phenomenon, says stockpiling can be seen as a rational approach to shopping during a pandemic.