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Image and framing effects on perceptions of self-efficacy and body satisfaction Maria Len-Ríos and Yen-I Lee

Abstract: This study, in the context of encouraging participants to enroll in a company’s employee wellness program, uses gain-loss framing (Rothman & Salovey, 1997) and social comparison theory (Festinger, 1954) to examine the effects of messages on participant perceptions of self-efficacy for maintaining a healthy weight, consuming healthful foods and body satisfaction. A 2 (framing: […]

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Advertising a Health Product Brand on Facebook Joe Phua

Abstract: The current study examined the effects of 3 types of Facebook reaction icons (positive, neutral, negative) and valence of comments (positive, neutral, negative) on brand attitude, trust, information seeking, purchase intention, and eWOM intention towards a health brand. Additionally, the study also assessed potential moderating effects of social media use on the relationship between […]

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A Longitudinal Investigation of Empathic Exchanges in Online Cancer Support Groups Jeong-Yeob Han and Yen-I Lee

Abstract: Although recent empirical findings have suggested evidence of expression effect over reception effect, there remain both theoretical and methodological complexities concerning whether and under what condition message expression and reception exert influence on various psychosocial outcomes. Relying on social support theory and computational social science approaches, this study aims to examine the effects of […]

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Knowledge is Power Kate Keib

Today we encounter online content from a plethora of sources, in email, social media feeds and websites. Native advertising complicates this landscape, as this content mimics news but may be completely advertiser-influenced. Native advertising changes the public’s ability to assess the source, and thus credibility, creating content that has gained the attention of the FTC […]

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Towards an understanding of social media literacy Jessica Maddox

Abstract: On October 31, 2016, a bit of copy/paste began spreading around Facebook, encouraging people to “check-in” to the Standing Rock Indian Reservation in Canon Ball, North Dakota, even if they weren’t physically at the site. The goal? Help confused police combatting protestors of the Dakota Access Pipeline. Ultimately, the post was debunked as fake, […]

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The Effects of CEOs’ Self-Disclosure on Consumer-Brand Relationships Taeyeon Kim

Abstract : This study examined the effects of a chief executive officers’ (CEO) self-disclosure on consumer-brand relationships and the moderating role of brand relationship norms. To test the proposed hypotheses, a 2 (the level ofCEOs’ self-disclosure: high versus low self-disclosure) × 2 (the types of brand relationship norms: exchange relationship versus communal relationship) factorial design […]

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The Role of Matching Construal Level and Social Distance in Young Drivers’ Changes of Attitude and Behavior toward Texting While Driving Dong Jae (Jay) Lim and Jhih-Syuan (Elaine) Lin

Abstract: This study examines message strategies of PSAs that can effectively discourage young adults from texting while driving. We test the effect of matching young adults’ perceived social distance and construal levels in processing PSAs on perceived threat, attitude toward texting while driving, and intentions to engage in preventive behavior. The study reveals significant persuasive […]

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Why Do Consumers Use Branded Mobile Apps? Jihoon (Jay) Kim and Joe Phua

Abstract: Applying Technology Acceptance Model (TAM), this study examined motivations for consumers’ use of mobile apps, and concerns arising from their actual usage. A proposed model, tested using structural equation modeling with a convenience sample of 386 mobile app users, consisted of five types of motivations (i.e., usefulness, convenience, personalization, innovativeness, and social influence) and […]

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Electronic Cigarette Brand Posts on Instagram Joe Phua and Jung Min Hahm

Abstract: This study examined the relationships between endorser type (celebrities, regular people, products only) on e-cigarette Instagram brand pages, identification, source credibility, attention to social comparison, health consciousness, and SNS use, on attitudes towards e-cigarettes and e-cigarette smoking intentions. Results of a between-subjects experiment revealed that celebrity endorsers resulted in significantly more positive attitudes towards […]

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Consumer Responses Toward Cosmeceutical Advertising Jhih-Syuan (Elaine) Lin, Jooyoung Kim, Juan Meng & Hanyoung Kim

Abstract: consumers usually see cosmeceuticals (cosmetics+pharmaceuticals) as an ambiguous object and have ambivalent attitudes due to product benefits (positive) and potential side effects (negative), this study examines the interplay between regulatory focus and advertising claims in determining attitude change and purchase intentions toward cosmeceutical sunscreen products. The findings suggest that promotion-focused consumers respond more favorably […]

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