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January 18, 2017
Why do we need 50 milliseconds to evaluate the quality of a web site?
published an article called "Attention web designers: You have 50
milliseconds to make a good first impression" in the Behaviour &
Information Technology journal. Lindgaard and his team found that a 50
millisecond exposure to a web site is enough to form a perception about the
quality of a web site.
Building on this study, together with my Spanish colleagues Carlota
Lorenzo and MCarmen Alarcón del Amo, we published a paper in the Journal of
Internet Commerce in 2013 called
"Web Aesthetics Effects on User Decisions: Impact of Exposure Length on
Website Quality Perceptions and Buying Intentions" where we looked to the
effect of short (1 second) exposure on buying intentions.
Both studies relate short exposures to effects but they do not
explain why this is happening. What is of course interesting here is why the short
exposure to an object (and a web site for that matter) can shape people's
behavior; 50 milliseconds is so short that we actually do not see much of the
We will try to give an answer to this question together with
my PhD intern Letizia Alvino and one of our Master students using
neuromarketing techniques. Hope to publish the results but I will keep you posted