The Role of Baseline Physical Similarity to Humans in Consumer Responses to Anthropomorphic Animal Images
Article first published online: 23 APR 2013
© 2013 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
Psychology & Marketing
Volume 30, Issue 6, pages 461–468, June 2013
How to Cite
Connell, P. M. (2013), The Role of Baseline Physical Similarity to Humans in Consumer Responses to Anthropomorphic Animal Images. Psychol. Mark., 30: 461–468. doi: 10.1002/mar.20619
- Issue published online: 23 APR 2013
- Article first published online: 23 APR 2013
While humans have a long history of anthropomorphizing animals and the use of animal imagery in the marketplace and popular culture is commonplace, the phenomenon has received little attention. This research investigates the role of how consumers respond to anthropomorphic portrayals of animal mascots that differ on their baseline physical resemblance to humans. In order to test this assertion, an experimental study was conducted with 62 undergraduate participants from a large state university in the Northeastern United States. Results from the study indicate that evaluations of anthropomorphic portrayals of animals with a lower baseline physical similarity to humans are less favorable than nonanthropomorphic portrayals. In contrast, evaluations of anthropomorphic portrayals of animals with a higher baseline physical similarity are more favorable than nonanthropomorphic portrayals.