Article

Exogenous cognition and cognitive state theory: the plexus of consumer analytics and decision-making

Citation

Smith A, Harvey J, Goulding J, Smith G & Sparks L (2020) Exogenous cognition and cognitive state theory: the plexus of consumer analytics and decision-making. Marketing Theory. https://doi.org/10.1177/1470593120964947

Abstract
We develop the concept of exogenous cognition (ExC) as a specific manifestation of an external cognitive system (ECS). Exogenous cognition describes the technological and algorithmic extension of (and annexation of) cognition in a consumption context. ExC provides a framework to enhance understanding of the impact of pervasive computing and smart technology on consumer decision-making and the behavioural impacts of consumer analytics. To this end, the paper provides commentary and structures to outline the impact of ExC and to elaborate the definition and reach of ExC. The logic of ExC culminates in a theory of cognitive states comprising of three potential decision states; endogenous cognition (EnC), symbiotic cognition (SymC) and surrogate cognition (SurC). These states are posited as transient (consumers might move between them during a purchase episode) and determined by individual propensities and situational antecedents. The paper latterly provides various potential empirical avenues and issues for consideration and debate.

Keywords
Consumer; Decision-making; Exogenous Cognition; Analytics; Marketing; Big Data; Algorithmic

Notes
Output Status: Forthcoming/Available Online

Journal
Marketing Theory

StatusIn Press
FundersEPSRC Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council and Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council
Publication date online31/10/2020
Date accepted by journal12/08/2020
URLhttp://hdl.handle.net/1893/31802
ISSN1470-5931
eISSN1741-301X