Thursday, August 1, 2013
According to the recent study “Your Brain on Coupons: Neurophysiology of Couponing” conducted by Professor of Neuroeconomics Dr. Paul J. Zak at Claremont Graduate University, coupons can help make shoppers happy and relaxed. This is the first known scientific research of the neurologic effects of couponing performed in a laboratory setting. Dr. Zak’s team aimed to explore what happens to the human body when people receive a discount offer. The findings show that the levels of oxytocin, a hormone of love and happiness, rise when shoppers receive a coupon. In fact, after getting a saving offer, oxytocin increases more than from cuddling or receiving a gift. Coupons were also associated with the reduction in several different measures of stress. So, the results of the study suggest that receiving coupons decreases anxiety and can directly impact happiness of people.