“Neuromarketing Theory & Practice” Magazine – Issue No. 5

On May 3, 2013


Neuromarketing Science & Business Association has just published the 5th edition of  “Neuromarketing Theory & Practice Magazine”. You can find below some of the news and information from this issue:

  • “The Human Brain is Programmed to Learn from Experience” Scott Huettel (leading researcher in neuroscience at Duke University) is interviewed by Mirjam Broekhoff and he talks about the need to replace the dual decision-making  model of emotion and ration with a more computational model (as the human brain supports a wide range of different computations, and to this there must be taken into consideration other aspects like self-control). In 2010, Scott Huettel wrote a perspective article in Frontiers in Neuroscience (the article was reviewed by Antonio Rangel, Samuel McClure and Nathaniel Daw) on decision making, where he proposed 10 challenges (theoretical, conceptual and empirical) to be solved in the near future by scientists:  
    • deconstructing the dual-systems mindset describing neural mechanisms of self-control processes
    • establishing a general framework for temporal discounting
    • distinguishing forms of uncertainty
    • reconciling the conceptual frameworks of decision and cognitive (neuro)science
    • determining the neural basis for meta-decision processes
    • moving from single traits to composite factors
    • using state effects to build convergent models
    • identifying domain specificity in decision mechanisms
    • generalizing to choices outside the laboratory
  • Over the last 6 years, every major global market research company started to use neuroscience tools and to develop in-house proprietary models. Elissa Moses (Executive VP, Neuroscience and Emotion, Ipsos) talks about neuromarketing research that is being conducted at four of the biggest market research agencies (for ad testing, evaluating concepts, products, packaging, brand image, tracking customer satisfaction, customer experience and shopper insights):
    • GfK: facial imaging (in-house), eye tracking
    • Ipsos: biometrics, facial imaging, implicit association, EEG, eye tracking
    • Millward Brown: facial imaging, implicit association, eye tracking
    • Nielsen: EEG, eye tracking (in-house, as Nielsen purchased NeuroFocus)
  • NMSBA News also include the Neuromarketing Yearbook that will be published for the 1st time in March 2014, the Neuromarketing Standards and Explained Tools that the members of the association are working on and the next Neuromarketing World Forum that will take place in New York, on 5-6-7 March 2014.


  • News also covered the results of the Neurotalent of the Year competition (organized by NMSBA and NEUROHM). You can watch the presentations from the forum:
  • Another section covers with pictures and tweets some moments of Neuromarketing World Forum 2013 that took place in March in Brazil. Over 200 delegates from 22 diferent countries that share a passion for neuromarketing gathered in one place. This brings great memories in my mind!
  • Lots of money are spent on digital an online platforms for advertising. Do you wonder if your ad is seen? Or if your brand is recognized? Mirjam Broekhoff covers an interesting background article (“Eye tracking internet advertising” insights and results”) and presents recent research on these kind of ads (placed and views on desktop PCs, tablets or Google Places) using eye tracking.
  • This issue presents the book review of Decoded: The Science Behind Why We Buy by Phil Barden (reviewed by Monica Bercea), which presents many options to use the results of behavioral eonomics in order to optimize decisions.
  • This issue’s Members Spotlight is focused on Carl Marci (CEO of Innerscope), who talks about what they do at Innerscope and why TV advertising if more impactful on the subconscious level than online banners.
  • Leonid Ivonin (PhD researcher at Technical University of Eindhoven) covers the research update section with “Measurement and Interpretation of Consumers’ Experiences in Neuromarketing”. The article highlights issues that fMRI neuromarketers face: conceptualizing the unconscious experiences of consumers in convenient terms for marketing professionals and the challenges for performing a proper fMRI research.

This magazine is the result of the efforts made by the Director of the association (Carla Nagel), the editorial board (Fabio BabiloniPhil BardenNeale MartinRafal Ohme, Anna Thomas, Leon Zurawicki) and NMSBA members and contribuitors. I am looking forward to the next editions and developments!

Earlier Issues: Issue 1 (April 2012), Issue 2 (July 2012), Issue 3 (November 2012), Issue 4 (January 2013).

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