Rebecca Ratner

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Rebecca Ratner is the Dean's Professor of Marketing at the Robert H. Smith School of Business. She received a Ph.D. in social psychology from Princeton University in 1999, was a visiting scholar at the Wharton School in 1996 – 1997 and a visiting scholar at the Chicago Booth Graduate School of Business in 2004. Prior to her position at Maryland, she was assistant professor and associate professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Ratner has taught courses on marketing management, marketing research, and consumer behavior to MBA students, undergraduate students, and executives.

Table for One: Research Reveals the Power of Solitude

Dining alone.Does food actually taste worse when we're dining alone? A recent study from researchers at Japan's Nagoya University suggests solitude negatively affects our enjoyment of food, but finds we can counter the effect by positioning a mirror or a photo of ourselves where we can see it. The Smith School's Rebecca Ratnersays the research demonstrates the power of solitude. Read more...

Inhibited About Bowling Alone

Companies Win When They Cater to Solo Consumers

Many people feel embarrassed about doing fun activities alone, such as dining out or going to a movie. Yet sociologists report that people today have fewer friends than in the past. New research from Rebecca Ratner at the University of Maryland's Robert H. Smith School of Business explores strategies for marketing to solo consumers.

Toy Craze in an Egg: Why the Hatchimal Is Hot

www.hatchimals.comWhy do we want the things we can't have? In the toy market, especially in the holiday season, it's sometimes because demand just takes off like a flying reindeer, surprising Santa, and toy makers and everyone in between. We're referring, of course, to the Hatchimal, the small, furry, motorized creature that pecks its way out of its colorful plastic egg and sings "Happy Birthday." Store shelves and online retail sites have been widely cleared of the little coveted creatures, leaving parents scrambling. Read more...

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