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.
Original languageEnglish
JournalNeuroPsychoEconomics Conference Proceedings
Pages (from-to)53
Publication statusPublished - 2013
EventThe 2013 NeuroPsychoEconomics Conference - University of Bonn & Center for Economics and Neuroscience, Bonn, Germany
Duration: 6 Jun 20137 Jun 2013
Conference number: 2013


ConferenceThe 2013 NeuroPsychoEconomics Conference
LocationUniversity of Bonn & Center for Economics and Neuroscience

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