Psychological Time: The case of time and consumer behaviour

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Psychological time is one of the most important dimensions for understanding human behaviour. Short durations, in particular, have a special role in everyday life and their perception is a factor which explains important aspects of behaviour. These arguments are demonstrated in this article via one of the most important domains of modern life: consumer behaviour. Based on the extant literature, a conceptual framework is developed and then applied to show how time is linked to consumer behaviour in various ways. It is argued that temporal behaviour is a product of dynamic interactions among personality, situational, cognitive and social determinants. An agenda for future research is also presented.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)385-397
Number of pages13
JournalTime and Society
Issue number3
StatePublished - Oct 1996


  • consumer behaviour
  • polychronic time use
  • prospective time
  • retrospective time
  • temponomics
  • time orientation
  • time pressure


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