Marketing Letters

, Volume 20, Issue 4, pp 327–335

The Breadth-Based Adjective Rating Task (BART) in consumer behavior


DOI: 10.1007/s11002-009-9076-3

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Steinman, R.B. & Karpinski, A. Mark Lett (2009) 20: 327. doi:10.1007/s11002-009-9076-3


Consumer researchers have suggested that nonconscious processes may operate on consumer behavior. The goal of this research was to evaluate the Breadth-Based Adjective Rating Task (BART), an indirect measure of attitudes, in the consumer domain. In study 1, the BART was related to past Philadelphia Inquirer usage and was a significant predictor of prospective choice. In study 2, the BART was related to past Ben & Jerry’s purchase and was a marginal predictor of prospective choice. Overall, the BART added to the specificity of prediction of consumer behavior. The potentiality of the BART in consumer research is discussed


Indirect attitudeNonconsciousProjective technique

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Psychology DepartmentWidener UniversityChesterUSA
  2. 2.Temple UniversityPhiladelphiaUSA