ISC Meeting 2012

Interdisciplinary Science of Consumption 2012

Second Biennial Meeting

March 23-24 2012
University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI USA

Theme Overview: Consumption is necessary for survival but also produces negative consequences for human health, society, and the environment. Research across domains (addiction, obesity, debt, consumer behavior, material waste, hoarding) finds overlapping biological and psychological bases for consumption-related phenomena, suggesting the benefits of an interdisciplinary approach. The meetings include presentations from leading researchers across fields with ample discussion and interaction time to promote communication and collaboration.


The free registration period has passed, but you can still email to register and pay the $30 late fee at the door (cash or shortcode accepted).

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March 23, 2012

Evening Lecture by James Andreoni

(4448 East Hall; Co-sponsored by the Department of Psychology and STIET)

5:00-5:30 PMWelcome, Introductions: Stephanie Prestonrefreshments served 
5:30-6:20 PMPlenary Lecture: James AndreoniUCSD, EconomicsAvoiding The Ask: A Field Experiment on Altruism, Empathy, and Charitable Giving
6:15-6:45 PMInterdisciplinary Panel Discussion  

Panel Discussants:

Yan ChenSchool of Information, STIET
Phoebe EllsworthDepartment of Psychology
Sara KonrathInstitute for Social Research
Aradhna KrishnaRoss Business School, Marketing

March 24, 2012

Full Day Meeting (for registered participants, in 4448 East Hall)

8:00-8:30 AMContinental breakfast 
8:30-8:45 AMWelcome, Overview 
8:45-9:30 AMHilke Plassmann (INSEAD)How Expectations Bias Consumption Experiences
9:30-10:15 AMScott Rick (UM Ross Marketing)Winning the Battle but Losing the War: The Psychology of Debt Management
10:15-10:50 AMStudent Blitz Group 1 
10:50-11:10 AMCoffee Break 
11:10-11:55 AMPeter Todd (Indiana University)Decision Heuristics for Food and Foraging
11:55-12:15 PMMorning Discussion 
12:15-1:30 PMLunch BreakExecutive Committee Lunch in Pillsbury Room; others on own
1:30-2:05 PMStudent Blitz Group 2 
2:05-2:50 PMSusan Gelman (UM, Psychology)Concepts of Ownership in Young Children
2:50-3:10 PMCoffee Break 
3:10-3:55 PMCarey Morewedge (CMU)Thought for Food: How Imagined Consumption Influences Actual Consumption
3:55-4:30 PMStudent Blitz Group 3 
4:30-5:00 PMAfternoon Discussion 
5:00-5:10 PMStudent Prize 
5:30-Celebratory ConsumptionPizza House

See you there!

Consortium Goals: The first Michigan Meeting on Consumption was a great success, culminating in a forthcoming MIT volume (edited by Preston, Kringelbach, and Knutson). We continue the tradition while forging a new consortium that fosters consumption research through thoughtful, engaging, interdisciplinary meetings and publications relevant to many fields (e.g., economics, neuroscience, JDM, social and clinical psychology, natural resources).

(If you cannot attend, you can still email to join our consortium. Members will be listed on our website, will have access to resources, and can help plan and participate in future events.)

This conference was funded by The Department of PsychologyEvolution and Human Adaptation Program (EHAP)STIET, and Ross School of Business, Department of Marketing, at the University of Michigan.

For more information contact Stephanie D. Preston at prestos at


Ecological Neuroscience Lab
Stephanie D. Preston

University of Michigan
Department of Psychology
3040 East Hall, Ann Arbor, MI 48109
Tel: (734) 764-5264
Fax: (734) 764-3520
Email: prestos at