Subliminal Advertising: The Secret Sales Pitch

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Subliminal experiment #1

The Secret Sales Pitch contains lots of suggested projects and experiments for students and researchers at all levels.

The one at the left is quite fascinating.

In the top picture threatening wolves are embedded in the rocks. It takes most people about 10 seconds to consciously become aware of them.

The bottom picture is neutral; no images are embedded in the rocks.

Show the top picture and the bottom picture to two different groups of people for 3 to 5 seconds. Ask them what they saw (to confirm they are not aware of the wolves.) Then ask them to complete the following sentence:

"Bunny is running down the road because___________"

In preliminary tests, more people exposed to the embedded wolf picture suggest a "danger" explanation - "because he is being chased," etc. whereas people exposed to the neutral image are more likely to propose a non threatening interpretation such as "to get to where he is going, because he is late for dinner," etc.

If you send me an e-mail I will send you a pdf file with correctly sized high resolution copies of the pictures for free so you can experiment for yourself. Please be sure to let me know what your results are!

Both pictures © August Bullock 2005. All Rights Reserved.




subliminal experiment # 2

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