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Cross-cultural analysis of neuroelectrical cognitive and emotional variables during the appreciation of TV commercials

Neuropsychological Trends. 2014;16:23-29 DOI 10.7358/neur-2014-016-vecc


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Journal Title: Neuropsychological Trends

ISSN: 1970-321X (Print); 1970-3201 (Online)

Publisher: LED Edizioni Universitarie

LCC Subject Category: Medicine: Internal medicine: Neurosciences. Biological psychiatry. Neuropsychiatry | Science: Physiology: Neurophysiology and neuropsychology

Country of publisher: Italy

Language of fulltext: English

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Giovanni Vecchiato (Department of Physiology and Pharmacology, University of Rome, Rome, Italy; BrainSigns s.r.l., Rome, Italy)

Wanzeng Kong (College of Computer Science, Hangzhou Dianzi University, Hangzhou, China)

Anton Giulio Maglione (BrainSigns s.r.l., Rome, Italy; Department of Anatomy, Histology, Forensic Medicine and Orthopedics, University of Rome, Rome, Italy)

Patrizia Cherubino (BrainSigns s.r.l., Rome, Italy; Department of Economics and Marketing, IULM University, Milan, Italy)

Arianna Trettel (BrainSigns s.r.l., Rome, Italy)

Fabio Babiloni (Department of Physiology and Pharmacology, University of Rome, Rome, Italy; BrainSigns s.r.l., Rome, Italy)


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Abstract | Full Text

In this study we investigated the cerebral activity of a group of Eastern people during the observation of a Western and an Eastern version of the same TV commercial advertising a very popular smartphone. By comparing the electroencephalographic (EEG) signals in theta, alpha and heart rate (HR) activity of the population investigated, we estimated and compared the levels of memorization, attention, pleasantness and emotion perceived. Results present and increase of the pleasantness and emotion while watching particular scenes of interest of the Eastern version of the commercial. These findings suggest that this kind of technology is able to track variation of the cerebral activity related to cognitive and emotional processing across TV commercials. Moreover, there is the possibility to investigate frame segments of particular interest for marketers that could be properly adapted according to the cultural context in which the advertising campaign will be promoted.