The purpose of this paper is to explore the effect of musical tempo on consumer choice of tea in different temperatures.
Across two studies, participants were asked to listen to several musical stimuli with different tempi (i.e. slow or fast). Then, they were asked to evaluate and choose one drink (i.e. iced tea or hot tea).
Results suggest that consumers who listen to fast (slow) tempo music are more likely to choose iced (hot) tea. This effect is robust across different musical modes (i.e. major or minor) (Study 1). However, this musical tempo effect is attenuated when the participants are aware that the music they listened to can influence their judgments (Study 2).
This research is an exploratory study. Thus, further examinations are needed to fully understand the underlying mechanism of this effect. Nonetheless, this research provides an initial evidence of the mediator of this effect.
This research explores how different musical tempi can influence consumer choice of hot or iced tea. Thus, this research adds understanding on how auditory cues (e.g. musical stimuli) can influence consumer choice of other food and drink variables (e.g. temperature).
This paper was partially written when the author was studying in Kyung Hee University. The author is grateful for the constructive comments from the editor, anonymous reviewers, Jaewoo Joo, John Roberts, and Jake An. The author is also thankful for the support from Ansley Burns and Loren Pratiwi in the data collection process. Finally, the author acknowledges Lilian Florian who has proofread this paper.
Septianto, F. (2016), "“Chopin” effect? An exploratory study on how musical tempo influence consumer choice of drink with different temperatures", Asia Pacific Journal of Marketing and Logistics, Vol. 28 No. 5, pp. 765-779. https://doi.org/10.1108/APJML-11-2015-0182Download as .RIS
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