Centre for Computational Intelligence

Consumer Neuroscience Group

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Fusing neuroscience and marketing expertise

The Consumer Neuroscience Group is an interdisciplinary research cluster within the Centre for Computational Intelligence. It comprises researchers from the Department of Psychology, Essex Business School, the Department of Sociology and the School of Computer Science and Electronic Engineering

The group studies the neuropsychological mechanisms underlying consumer behaviour in response to marketing stimuli, including purchase, word of mouth (WOM), and financial decision-making. It does so through the novel combination of neuroscientific methods with traditional behavioural psychology, marketing theory, and advanced computational intelligence.

The group conducts research underpinning novel consumer neuroscience methods so that they can inform business decisions, generating unique consumer insights and empowering successful marketing strategies.

Examples of applied consumer neuroscience include:

  • Website design and usability
  • Advertising design and effectiveness
  • Packaging design
  • Pricing
  • Shelf positioning
  • Multimedia engagement.

Our research is conducted in a bespoke Neuromarketing Lab housed in the School of Computer Science and Electronic Engineering.

The Neuromarketing Lab provides researchers with state-of-the-art access to neurophysiological equipment to assess and combine multiple biometric sensors including eye tracking, EDA/GSR, EEG, ECG, and facial expression analysis.

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