Questioning the choice overload effect through design research

Maria Valéria Assis, Leandro Tonetto

Tutkimustuotos: Artikkeli kirjassa/konferenssijulkaisussaConference contributionScientificvertaisarvioitu


Choice overload is a negative effect caused by a great variety of options in the user's choice experience. Researches have shown that, with the increase in the number of options, pleasure and satisfaction were negatively affected. Our aim was to measure the impact of the diversity of alternatives in the beauty and hygiene segment over the user choice experience. In an experiment (n=96), the diverse quantity of choice was manipulated using different types of packaging, a characteristic element of design projects. Based on sales catalog's information from a major company in this segment, three experimental conditions were generated: The first had 50% of the average amount of products found on the catalogs; the second had the average number of options found for the products; the third encompassed 50% more from the mean options from the catalogs. Results indicated the opposite of other researches on choice overload: users had more positive experiences when facing the biggest quantity of options (50% above the average of the quantity found in the market). These results have implications to product portfolio planning and can be used as a base to provide pleasurable experiences to consumers.

OtsikkoProceedings - D and E 2016
Alaotsikko10th International Conference on Design and Emotion - Celebration and Contemplation
KustantajaUniversidad de los Andes
ISBN (elektroninen)9789461867254
TilaJulkaistu - 2016
OKM-julkaisutyyppiA4 Artikkeli konferenssijulkaisuussa
TapahtumaInternational Conference on Design and Emotion - Amsterdam, Alankomaat
Kesto: 27 syyskuuta 201630 syyskuuta 2016
Konferenssinumero: 10


ConferenceInternational Conference on Design and Emotion
LyhennettäD and E

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