Rhia Catapano

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PhD Program, Marketing
PhD Program Office
Graduate School of Business
Stanford University
655 Knight Way
Stanford, CA 94305

Rhia Catapano

Research Statement
I am broadly interested in how consumer research can be leveraged to benefit society. In my first research stream, I examine how people can be shifted away from entrenched views, and factors that affect receptiveness to the opposition. In my second research stream, I explore the role of meaning in consumer satisfaction and decision-making.
Research Interests
Consumer Psychology
Sharing and Advocacy
Attitudes and Persuasion
Consumer Well-Being

Job Market Paper

Do I Support that It’s Good or Oppose that It’s Bad? The Effects of Attitude Framing on Sharing Behavior
The rise of social media has led to unprecedented levels of sharing, on topics ranging from what products people like to their views on polarized issues and policies. What factors affect whether individuals choose to share their attitudes? In this paper, we identify a novel determinant of whether individuals share—attitude framing, defined as whether individuals think of their own attitude in terms of what they support or what they oppose. Attitude framing is distinct from attitude valence, as the same attitude can be framed in terms of support (e.g., I support that this policy is bad) or opposition (e.g., I oppose that this policy is good). Five experiments and one field study provide evidence for an attitude-framing effect, whereby individuals are more likely to share, or express, attitudes framed in terms of positions they support rather than positions they oppose. This effect occurs via two pathways. In the first, support-framed attitudes are viewed as more value expressive, and thus lead to greater sharing. In the second, support-framed attitudes are believed to foster more positive impressions from message recipients, which also leads to greater sharing. This attitude-framing effect is attenuated when individuals do not want to be liked by the target of their sharing.
Last Updated 26 Jun 2019