Effects of mortality salience on Turkish people’s decision to how much, for whom and what to consume

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The purpose of this study is to examine the effects of mortality salience on Turkish consumers’ decisions on how to allocate their money between saving and spending, how much to spend for materials and experiences, for whom to make purchases, and which product designs to choose. Terror Management Theory constitutes the theoretical framework of the study. It is hypothesized that the participants who were made to think about death would spend more money than the participants who were made to think about dental pain would do. Besides, mortality salience (MS) participants are expected to spend meaningfully more money on materialistic consumption than dental pain (DP) participants. Also, it is thought that compared to DP participants, MS participants will spend significantly more money on others and show a higher preference for a product with a local abstract symbol design. However, the results of this study revealed that mortality salience affects consumer decisions mainly in terms of the cash amount that people would like to keep, the money amount that they would use for materialistic consumption, and the share of the spending on others in the total spending budget.


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Citation Formats
G. Biliciler Ünal, “Effects of mortality salience on Turkish people’s decision to how much, for whom and what to consume,” M.S. - Master of Science, Middle East Technical University, 2015.