Episode 89: Don’t Touch That Dial! Why You Should Love Commercials

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Watching commercials actually increases your enjoyment of the show. Do you believe it? Did you, like myself, pay good money on a Tivo or video digital recorder just so you could avoid commercials? Well, before you skip passed those commercials check out this episode of The Psych Files.


…we propose that commercial interruptions can actually improve the television viewing experience. Although consumers do not foresee it, their enjoyment diminishes over time. Commercial interruptions can disrupt this adaptation process and restore the intensity of consumers’ enjoyment. — Nelson, Meyvis & Galak

Resources for this Episode

  • Nelson, L.D., Meyvis, T. & Galak. J. (2009). Enhancing the Television-Viewing Experience through Commercial Interruptions. Journal of Consumer Research (in press).
  • Here is the link to Jeff Galak‘s website.
  • In this video from the Tedtalks website, Dan Gilbert talks about how we get used to (habituate) both good and bad things that happen to us in our lives.


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