Do red objects enhance sexual attractiveness? No evidence from two large replications

Pollet, Thomas, Costello, Joanne, Groeneboom, Lotte, Peperkoorn, Leonard S. and Wu, Junhui (2019) Do red objects enhance sexual attractiveness? No evidence from two large replications. Displays, 56. pp. 23-29. ISSN 0141-9382

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Abstract

Color has been argued to exert a powerful effect on motivation and behavior. This has led researchers, most notably in social psychology, to examine the effects of color on perceptions of (sexual) attractiveness. Building on a body of work on the ‘romantic red effect’, Lin (2014) found evidence that the color of a laptop influenced ratings of a woman’s sexual attractiveness. If this holds true, then color effects could have profound importance for the marketing of consumer products such as laptops. Here we present two replications, one in the Netherlands and one in China, investigating whether red products increase perceived attractiveness. Across two studies, totaling 481 participants, we found no support for the claim that red products enhance sexual attractiveness. We discuss the implications for research on color and attractiveness and its implications for consumer research.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Product marketing; Color; Perception; Colored products; Attractiveness; Red effect
Subjects: C800 Psychology
Department: Faculties > Health and Life Sciences > Psychology
Depositing User: Paul Burns
Date Deposited: 21 Nov 2018 14:07
Last Modified: 10 Oct 2019 23:31
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/36850

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