Arousal, Executive Control and Decision Making in Compulsive Buying Disorder

Thomas Zöega Ramsøy, Farah Qureshi Zuraigat, Catrine Jacobsen, Dalia Bagdziunaite, Maiken Klindt Christensen, Martin Skov, Antoine Bechara

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Compulsive buying disorder (CBD) is noted by an obsession with shopping and a chronic, repetitive purchasing behavior with adverse consequences for the sufferer and their social surroundings. While CBD is often classified as an impulse control disorder (ICD), little is still known about the actual psychological and physiological mechanisms underlying the phenomenon. By comparing subjects with CBD to a control group, we find that CBD is not associated with lower performance on executive function or emotional responses. Rather, an observed increase in willingness to pay (WTP) specifically for fashion products was associated with a stronger emotional response in CBD subjects, while no relationship between emotions and WTP could be observed in healthy controls. This suggests that CBD, instead of being tentatively classified as an ICD, should rather be understood as a behavioral addiction. By this token, products of interest (e.g. fashion items) produce bottom-up emotional responses that skews the decision-making process, leading CBD sufferers to make bad purchase decisions.
TidsskriftNeuroPsychoEconomics Conference Proceedings
Sider (fra-til)53
StatusUdgivet - 2013
BegivenhedThe 2013 NeuroPsychoEconomics Conference - University of Bonn & Center for Economics and Neuroscience, Bonn, Tyskland
Varighed: 6 jun. 20137 jun. 2013
Konferencens nummer: 2013


KonferenceThe 2013 NeuroPsychoEconomics Conference
LokationUniversity of Bonn & Center for Economics and Neuroscience