Conveying product weight in digital media using a hand image

Subhash Jha, M. S. Balaji, Joann Peck

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The present research examines the role of the image of a hand in an online product evaluation. Through eleven studies (i.e., six in the manuscript and five in the Web Appendix), we show that, when a hand image is depicted in an unsupported holding position (i.e., lifting a product), consumers’ confidence in their judgment of the product's weight is enhanced. This outcome increases product evaluation, purchase intention, and product choice. The hand image effect is mediated by a mental representation of a haptic experience (i.e., haptic imagery). Additionally, we show that an image of a hand in an unsupported holding position increases consumers’ confidence in the product's weight, while other hand positions or their absence do not have a similar impact. Online retailers can use our findings to employ hand images to influence the evaluations and purchase intentions of products in which weight is a salient haptic attribute.

Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Retailing
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2023


  • Hand image
  • Haptic imagery
  • Unsupported holding
  • Weight
  • Weight judgment confidence

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Marketing


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