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Queen's University experts comment on the holidays


Business, law, technology, social media and culture experts from Queen’s University are available to discuss topics related to the holiday season. Stay tuned throughout the week as more experts will be added each day.

To arrange an interview, or find more experts please contact Rosie Hales at 613-533-6000 ext. 77513 or rosie.hales@queensu.ca or Anne Craig at 613-533-2877 or anne.craig@queensu.ca.

Consumer behaviour and gift-giving: Laurence Ashworth

Consumer behaviour expert Laurence Ashworth is available to comment on the motives and mechanisms involved in choosing, giving, and receiving gifts.

“The holidays are a fascinating time from a consumer behaviour perspective. Consumers are purchasing more than at any other time of year, but they are doing so primarily for others,” says Dr. Ashworth. “How do we figure out how much to spend on other people? How do we make decisions about what they will like? How good are we at buying things others actually like?”

Dr. Ashworth researches social and affective influences on consumer judgement and decision making and impression management. His research has shown that consumers will sometimes avoid saving money to avoid appearing cheap in front of others.

Please note that Dr. Ashworth is only available until December 13th.

Holiday parenting arrangements: Nick Bala

Family law expert Nick Bala can discuss issues associated with custody, access and parenting arrangements at this time of year. With the holiday season approaching lawyers, mediators, counselors and judges see a flood of separating and divorced parents attempting to settle a range of issues related to parenting over the holidays.

According to Professor Bala, the parents in front of a judge are those who have the most difficulty cooperating; questions may be asked whether they are thinking more about their children or themselves? What steps should separated parents take to deal with issues around the holidays, to increase their children's happiness and reduce stress on themselves? On a systemic level, should Canadians be adopting new concepts and approaches to better resolve issues between separated parents?

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