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‘You don’t blow your diet on Twinkies’: Why consumers seek to maximize goal violations

Aug. 2, 2018—When consumers contemplate violating a personal goal (i.e., cheating on a diet, overspending on a budget), they often seek to make the most of that violation by choosing the most extreme option, according to new research from Kelly Goldsmith.

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Audiences primed for positive storylines from Winter Olympics

Feb. 9, 2018—This year's Winter Olympics is shaping up to be the feel-good story that U.S. audiences are eager for amid an era of fractious politics, according to a Vanderbilt marketing professor.

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A quest to find ‘the best’ may bring out the worst in shoppers

Dec. 1, 2017—Marketers want to motivate consumers to act in their own self-interest, but they may be encouraging negative behavior such as theft or illegal returns, according to new Vanderbilt research.

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