Writing With Pictures: Toward a Unifying Theory of Consumer Response to Visuals

Scott, Linda and Vargas, Patrick (2007) Writing With Pictures: Toward a Unifying Theory of Consumer Response to Visuals. Journal of Consumer Research, 34 (3). pp. 341-356.

Abstract

Studies of response to advertising images follow parallel streams: one treats visuals as sensory data; the other, operating under rhetorical theory, presumes that images are communicative artifacts. By revisiting a seminal article by Mitchell and Olson, we empirically demonstrate an alternative explanation for results under the sensory approach, while also establishing the basis for complex statements like tropes. We argue that consumers read product attributes from pictures based on an emergent writing system made possible by recent communication technologies. Our theory is consistent with the historical record of communication technology and with the trajectory of research in fields that study writing systems.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Consumer Research; Advertising Research; Communication in Marketing
Subject(s): Entrepreneurship
Centre: Entrepreneurship Centre
Faculty of Marketing
Date Deposited: 22 Jan 2012 17:38
Last Modified: 23 Oct 2015 14:06
URI: http://eureka.sbs.ox.ac.uk/id/eprint/1980

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