This site is dedicated to the interdisciplinary study of decisions about resources.
This site is a resource for people interested in the scientific study of consumption: processes where individuals directly or indirectly use resources such as food, energy, money and material goods.
Our focus is the psychological and biological mechanisms of consumption. In particular, we want to know if different domains of consumption, or domains of consumption across species, result from the same underlying mechanisms (e.g., neural mechanisms, emotional biases).
Typical examples of social and biological research on consumption include mechanisms of addiction, proenvironmental behavior, adaptive stockpiling and compulsive hoarding, food storing in animals, monetary spending and saving, and altruistic giving.
Keep checking back as the site will be improved over the year to include:
- Special events and speakers
- New research findings
- Associated faculty at UM
- Related coursework for UM students
- Teaching modules for early education