Welcome!

This site is dedicated to the interdisciplinary study of decisions about resources.


Please visit the ISC12 link to learn about our March 2012 conference!


Our aims:

This site is a resource for people interested in the scientific study of consumption: processes whereby 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 similar underlying mechanisms (e.g., neural circuits, emotional biases).

Typical examples of social and biological research on consumption include mechanisms of addiction, proenvironmental behavior, adaptive stockpiling, compulsive hoarding, food storing in animals, monetary spending and saving, and altruistic giving.

Consortium Goals: The first Michigan Meeting on Consumption was a great success, culminating in a forthcoming MIT volume (edited by Preston, Kringelbach, and Knutson). We continue the tradition with a second meeting in March, 2012, while forging a new consortium that fosters consumption research through thoughtful, engaging, interdisciplinary meetings and publications relevant to many fields (e.g., economics, neuroscience, JDM, social and clinical psychology, natural resources).

To join our consortium (be listed on the website, participate in planning and future events) email prestos@umich.edu.

Keep checking back as the site will be gradually expanded to include:

  • Special events and speakers
  • New research findings
  • Associated consortium faculty
  • Related coursework for UM students
  • Teaching modules for early education