Head versus Heart: The Effect of Objective versus Feelings-Based Mental Imagery on New Product Creativity
Kelly B Herd,
Gita V JoharEditor,
Linda L PriceEditor and
Stacy WoodAssociate Editor
Journal of Consumer Research, 2019, vol. 46, issue 1, 36-52
Imagination visual mental imagery, a mental simulation process that involves imagining an end user interacting with an end product, has been proposed as an efficient strategy to incorporate end-user experiences during new product ideation. Consumer research finds that this strategy enhances overall product usefulness, but does not resolve whether and how this process may impact outcome originality. The present work delineates the imagination visual mental imagery construct and argues that such mental imagery can take two different routes—one that is more feelings-based (i.e., feelings-imagination), and one that is more objective (i.e., objective-imagination). Further, we propose that although these two approaches will equally benefit outcome usefulness, they will have differential impact on outcome originality. Across five studies, we demonstrate that adopting a feelings-imagination versus an objective-imagination approach induces higher empathic concern, enhancing cognitive flexibility, which leads to higher outcome originality. Theoretical and managerial implications are discussed.
Keywords: creativity; innovation; new product ideation; empathic design; mental imagery; cognitive flexibility (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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