Applying EEG in consumer neuroscience

Meng-Hsien (Jenny) Lin, Samantha N.N. Cross, William J. Jones, Terry L. Childers

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This paper aims to review past papers focused on understanding consumer-related topics in marketing and related interdisciplinary fields to demonstrate the applications of electroencephalogram (EEG) in consumer neuroscience.


In addition to the review of papers using EEG to study consumer cognitive processes, the authors also discuss relevant decisions and considerations in conducting event-related potential (ERP) studies. Further, a framework proposed by  Plassmann  et al . (2015 ) was used to discuss the applications of EEG in marketing research from papers reviewed.


This paper successfully used  Plassmann  et al .’s (2015 ) framework to discuss five applications of neuroscience to marketing research. A review of growing EEG studies in the field of marketing and other interdisciplinary fields reveals the advantages and potential of using EEG in combination with other methods. This calls for more research using such methods.

Research limitations/implications

A technical overview of ERP-related terminology provides researchers with a background for understanding and reviewing ERP studies. A discussion of method-related considerations and decisions provides marketing researchers with an introduction to the method and refers readers to relevant literature.

Practical implications

The marketing industry has been quick to adopt cutting edge technology, including EEG, to understand and predict consumer behavior for the purpose of improving marketing practices. This paper connects the academic and practitioner spheres by presenting past and potential EEG research that can be translatable to the marketing industry.


The authors review past literature on the use of EEG to study consumer-related topics in marketing and interdisciplinary fields, to demonstrate its advantages over-traditional methods in studying consumer-relevant behaviors. To foster increasing use of EEG in consumer neuroscience research, the authors further provide technical and marketing-specific considerations for both academic and market researchers. This paper is one of the first to review past EEG papers and provide methodological background insights for marketing researchers.
Original languageAmerican English
JournalEuropean Journal of Marketing
StatePublished - 2018


  • Consumer neuroscience
  • Electroencephalogram (EEG)
  • Event-related potential (ERP)
  • Multi-methods
  • fMRI vs EEG


  • Management Sciences and Quantitative Methods
  • Marketing
  • Business

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