Consumers' responses to small portions: Signaling increases savoring and satiation

Charles S. Areni*, Iain Black

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This research examines the savoring or eating behaviors by which consumers are able to adjust their level of satiation to accommodate different portion sizes. Over three experiments, it shows that consumers who receive a smaller number of chocolates than initially expected compensate by eating more slowly (an effect mediated by number of chews) pay more attention to the experience, take longer to rate each chocolate, and show increased levels of satiation, relative to consumers who, while eating, believe they will receive a larger quantity but actually receive the same number of chocolates. This research suggests that communicating the benefits of slowing consumption and savoring ones food, may be a useful tool in reducing the amount of food eaten, as it can be paired with messages highlighting how doing this maintains the utility gained from food in terms of its satiating effect and enjoyment.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)532-543
Number of pages12
JournalPsychology and Marketing
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2015


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