Our relationship with ads: it's complicated
A must-read for anyone intrigued by the role and influence of the ad world, Seducing the Subconscious explores the complexities of our relationship to advertising. Robert Heath uses approaches from experimental psychology and cognitive neuroscience to outline his theory of the subconscious influence of advertising in its audience s lives. In addition to looking at ads influence on consumers, Heath also addresses how advertising is evolving, noting especially the ethical implications of its development. Supported by current research, Seducing the Subconscious shows us just how strange and complicated our relationship is with the ads we see every day.
Dr. Robert Heath has a worldwide reputation as an expert in the role of emotion and attention in the field of brand communication. In 2001 he developed the Low Attention Processing Model of advertising, after which he published the best-selling monograph The Hidden Power of Advertising. His published research has garnered him major prizes, including the dual award of the MRS David Winton and ISBA Prizes. Dr. Heath is a Senior Lecturer in Advertising at University of Bath School of Management and a Board Member of the Wharton Global Future of Advertising Project.
Foreword ix Introduction 1 Part 1 Taking Advertising Apart 1 The Persuasion Model 15 2 Alternative Ideas 24 3 WhyWe Don t Pay Attention to Advertising 39 Part 1 Summary 48 Part 2 The Psychology of Communication 4 Learning and Attention 53 5 The Role of Memory 63 6 HowWe Process Communication 74 7 Problems with Getting Attention 85 Part 2 Summary 95 Part 3 Emotion and Consciousness 8 Emotional Processing 101 9 Our Adaptive Subconscious 111 10 Emotion and Attention 123 Part 3 Summary 133 Part 4 Decisions and Relationships 11 Decision-Making 137 12 The Power of Metacommunication 149 13 The Subconscious Seduction Model 160 Part 4 Summary 174 Part 5 Taking A Fresh Look at Advertising 14 Under the Radar 179 15 The Hidden Power of New Media 189 16 Legal, Decent, Honest, and Truthful? 198 17 How to Spot Subconscious Seduction 207 Conclusion 219 References 229 Index 239