Typically I teach Introduction to Psychology, Social Psychology, and a seminar on the Psychology of Religion. Occasionally I will teach Statistics and a specialty course on Attitudes and Behavior.
My general interests are in the psychology of attitudes and persuasion. In particular, I study the extent to which individual differences in self-monitoring (a personality construct) predict differences in various consumer-related behaviors. For example, I have found that some individuals (high self-monitors) are especially responsive to advertisements that stress the image one can obtain by using or possessing a product whereas other individuals (low self-monitors) are more persuaded by ads that focus on the quality of the product itself. In addition, I have found that high self-monitors tend to judge the quality of a product as a function of its image-enhancing potential (e.g. is the product attractive?), but that low self-monitors are more likely to judge quality based on the actual performance of the product.
More recently I have begun a line of research looking at the impact that natural scenery, when used as a background, has on the effectiveness of advertisements. In addition, I also have an interest in the different motivations underlying people’s religious behaviors and beliefs in a deity.
Miarmi, L., & DeBono, K.G. (2007). The impact of distractions on heuristic processing: Internet ads and stereotype use. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 37, 539-548.
DeBono, K. G. (2006). Self-monitoring and consumer psychology. Journal of Personality, 74, 715-737.
DeBono, K.G., Leavitt, A., & Backus, J. (2003). Product packaging and product evaluation: An individual difference approach. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 33, 513-521.
DeBono, K.G. (2000). Attitude functions and consumer psychology: Understanding perceptions of product quality. In G. Maio & J.M. Olson (Eds.), Why we evaluate: Functions of attitudes (pp. 195-221). Mahwah, NJ: Erlbaum Associates, Inc.
DeBono, K.G., & Krim, S. (1997). Compliments and product perception: An individual difference perspective. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 27, 1359-1366
DeBono, K.G. & Rubin, K. (1995). Country of origin and perceptions of product quality: An individual difference perspective. Basic and Applied Social Psychology, 17, 239-247.