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Using the daylight savings clock change to show ambient light conditions significantly influence active travel
01. November 2017
Publication date: November 2017 Source:Journal of Environmental Psychology, Volume 53 Author(s): Jim Uttley, Steve Fotios This article reports a novel procedure used to investigate whether ambient light conditions affect the number of people who choose to walk or cycle. Pedestrian and cyclist count data were analysed using the biannual daylight-saving clock changes to compare daylight and after-dark conditions whilst keeping seasonal and time-of-day factors constant. Changes in frequencies during a 1-h case period before and after a clock change, when light conditions varied...
Preschoolers' moral judgments of environmental harm and the influence of perspective taking
01. November 2017
Publication date: November 2017 Source:Journal of Environmental Psychology, Volume 53 Author(s): Erin R. Hahn, Marybeth K. Garrett We asked whether preschoolers view the environment as a moral concern. In Study 1, preschoolers rated the morality of actions that harmed either the environment or another person, as well as non-harmful behaviors. 3-year-olds equated behaviors that harmed the environment with those that targeted people. Older preschoolers, however, rated behaviors that harmed people as being worse than those that damaged the environment. In the second study, we...
Making Cool Choices for sustainability: Testing the effectiveness of a game-based approach to promoting pro-environmental behaviors
01. November 2017
Publication date: November 2017 Source:Journal of Environmental Psychology, Volume 53 Author(s): Michael Ro, Markus Brauer, Kathy Kuntz, Raj Shukla, Ingo Bensch Attempts to get people to reduce their carbon footprint have had mixed success at best, as many interventions focus primarily on increasing awareness or knowledge. Gamification has recently been used to break habits and induce enduring behavior change. Building upon this work, we designed a new game-based sustainability intervention and tested its effectiveness in two large-scale field studies (total N = 1975). In...
Does the value-belief-norm theory predict acceptance of disincentives to driving and active mode choice preferences for children's school travels among Chinese parents?
01. November 2017
Publication date: November 2017 Source:Journal of Environmental Psychology, Volume 53 Author(s): Trond Nordfjærn, Mohsen Fallah Zavareh The present study examined the extent to which the value-belief-norm (VBN) theory predicts acceptance of disincentives to driving among Chinese parents and parental active transport mode use preferences (i.e. walking and bicycling) for their children's school travels above and beyond demographics, transport availability and walking evaluations. In total, 250 questionnaires were distributed among parents of 7–9 years old pupils attending two...
Which is the greater good? A social dilemma paradigm disentangling environmentalism and cooperation
01. November 2017
Publication date: November 2017 Source:Journal of Environmental Psychology, Volume 53 Author(s): Sina A. Klein, Benjamin E. Hilbig, Daniel W. Heck In previous research, pro-environmental behavior (PEB) was almost exclusively aligned with in-group cooperation. However, PEB and in-group cooperation can also be mutually exclusive or directly conflict. To provide first evidence on behavior in these situations, the present work develops the Greater Good Game (GGG), a social dilemma paradigm with a selfish, a cooperative, and a pro-environmental choice option. In Study 1, the GGG and a...
The effects of construal level and small wins framing on an individual's commitment to an environmental initiative
01. Oktober 2017
Publication date: October 2017 Source:Journal of Environmental Psychology, Volume 52 Author(s): James O'Connor, Mark Keil Organizations are increasingly focused on improving the environmental sustainability of their operations, products, and services. To implement sustainability initiatives, organizations often seek commitment from their members to volunteer discretionary time and effort toward reaching the initiative's goals. This research sought to understand whether construal level and small wins strategy might affect goal commitment toward a sustainability initiative. Using a...
“Keeping the ball rolling”: Addressing the enablers of, and barriers to, sustainable lifestyles
01. Oktober 2017
Publication date: October 2017 Source:Journal of Environmental Psychology, Volume 52 Author(s): Stephen Axon The impetus for addressing climate change is real and present, but its translation into action lacks immediacy and severity, and involves reorientating our lifestyles and economies towards sustainability. Drawing on focus groups conducted in seven UK communities, specific interventions were identified as encouraging change in the short-term, maintaining momentum in the medium-term and sustaining sustainability in the long-term to address various enablers of, and barriers to...
Understanding intentions to purchase bio-based products: The role of subjective ambivalence
01. Oktober 2017
Publication date: October 2017 Source:Journal of Environmental Psychology, Volume 52 Author(s): Marleen C. Onwezen, Machiel J. Reinders, Siet J. Sijtsema This article aims to explore whether subjective ambivalence increases the understanding of consumers' intentions to buy bio-based products. Subjective ambivalence is the aversive feeling that accompanies evaluations containing both negative and positive elements. Two studies (N = 1851) in six European countries show that subjective ambivalence increases the explained variance beyond vested exploratory variables: emotions and...
The emergence of sensitivity to biocentric intentions in preschool children
01. Oktober 2017
Publication date: October 2017 Source:Journal of Environmental Psychology, Volume 52 Author(s): Francesco Margoni, Luca Surian For the first time, we assessed 5-year-old children's choices between two different ways of extending ethics to natural entities: the anthropocentric and the biocentric views. For the former, nature has to be preserved because it helps humans' interests, for the latter it has to be preserved because of its intrinsic value. Children evaluated the moral rightness or wrongness of a decision taken by an agent acting with either a biocentric or an...
Warm glow vs. altruistic values: How important is intrinsic emotional reward in proenvironmental behavior?
01. Oktober 2017
Publication date: October 2017 Source:Journal of Environmental Psychology, Volume 52 Author(s): Patrick Hartmann, Martin Eisend, Vanessa Apaolaza, Clare D'Souza This research addresses the role of warm glow as an antecedent of proenvironmental behavior in a comparative study of the behavioral effects of warm glow and altruistic personality traits and values. So far the influences of altruism and warm glow have not been analyzed simultaneously. Two online surveys with representative population samples show that warm glow has a stronger influence on proenvironmental intentions...
Where do biospheric values come from? A connectedness to nature perspective
01. Oktober 2017
Publication date: October 2017 Source:Journal of Environmental Psychology, Volume 52 Author(s): Christian Martin, Sandor Czellar While extant research suggests that holding biospheric values may foster environmentally friendly behavior, we need to learn more about the development of such values at an individual level. Our conceptual framework proposes that individual environmental identity could play a role in the formation of a biospheric value orientation. We conducted two cross-sectional surveys (N = 494, N = 107) and a quasi-experimental study (N = 271) in the US and...
Time spent outdoors during preschool: Links with children's cognitive and behavioral development
01. Oktober 2017
Publication date: October 2017 Source:Journal of Environmental Psychology, Volume 52 Author(s): Vidar Ulset, Frank Vitaro, Mara Brendgen, Mona Bekkhus, Anne I.H. Borge This study examined the concurrent and long-term relations between the amount of time children attending daycare spend outdoors and their cognitive and behavioral development during preschool and first grade. We applied a multi-informant design using cognitive testing and ratings from parents and teachers to follow 562 Norwegian preschoolers (298 girls; mean age at first assessment = 52.45 months...
Nature exposure predicts well-being trajectory groups among employees across two years
01. Oktober 2017
Publication date: October 2017 Source:Journal of Environmental Psychology, Volume 52 Author(s): Kalevi Korpela, Tapio Nummi, Liudmila Lipiäinen, Jessica De Bloom, Marjaana Sianoja, Tytti Pasanen, Ulla Kinnunen We investigated relations between various types of self-reported nature exposure at work and at home, and well-being among employees (N = 664) across two years. An electronic questionnaire was delivered three times, once a year. We identified seven employee groups with different long-term trajectories of four well-being indicators (vitality, happiness, vigor and...
Are environmental issues moral issues? Moral identity in relation to protecting the natural world
01. Oktober 2017
Publication date: October 2017 Source:Journal of Environmental Psychology, Volume 52 Author(s): Fanli Jia, Kendall Soucie, Susan Alisat, Daniel Curtin, Michael Pratt As environmental issues continually increase in our world, no research has studied how moral identity (defined as moral values and motivation) relates to an individual's tendency towards environmental involvement. We conducted two studies to examine this relationship. In Study I, 164 university students filled out a questionnaire to assess their moral identities and environmental involvement. A person-center...
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01. August 2017
Publication date: August 2017 Source:Journal of Environmental Psychology, Volume 51
Creating a climate for change: Interventions, efficacy and public discussion about climate change
01. August 2017
Publication date: August 2017 Source:Journal of Environmental Psychology, Volume 51 Author(s): Nathaniel Geiger, Janet K. Swim, John Fraser Interpersonal discussions about climate change among the public are important for creating positive social change to addressing the issue, yet a majority of the public does not regularly discuss the topic. Previous correlational research connects avoidance of climate change discussions to low efficacy about these discussions. The present research tests whether a knowledge-based intervention which 1) uses evidence-based communication techniques...
Bridging the political divide: Highlighting explanatory power mitigates biased evaluation of climate arguments
01. August 2017
Publication date: August 2017 Source:Journal of Environmental Psychology, Volume 51 Author(s): Dan R. Johnson Climate change beliefs' strong ties to political ideology remains one of the most significant impediments to productive public discourse about climate change. Ideologically-driven motivated reasoning leads to biased evaluation of climate change arguments. The current studies offer a novel cognitive approach to mitigate biased evaluation. Republicans and Democrats were randomly assigned to either focus carefully on an argument's quality or focus on how well an argument...
Cognitive, affective, normative, and moral triggers of sustainable intentions among convention-goers
01. August 2017
Publication date: August 2017 Source:Journal of Environmental Psychology, Volume 51 Author(s): Heesup Han, Jinsoo Hwang, Sanghyeop Lee Given that little research has considered cognitive, affective, normative, and moral drivers altogether in accounting for individuals' eco-friendly decisions, the present study addressed this omission in the convention industry by demonstrating the vital impact of such factors on attendees' environmentally responsible decision-making processes. Cognitive, affective, normative, and moral factors were found to play a significant role in the proposed...
“I feel it is mine!” – Psychological ownership in relation to natural resources
01. August 2017
Publication date: August 2017 Source:Journal of Environmental Psychology, Volume 51 Author(s): A. Matilainen, M. Pohja-Mykrä, M. Lähdesmäki, S. Kurki The use of natural resources often generates conflict among stakeholders. Conflict analysis and management in this sector has traditionally been based on compliance enforcement and/or education. Recently, however, the need for alternative approaches has been increasingly highlighted. In this study, we address the need for in-depth analysis, and introduce the theoretical concept of psychological ownership to improve the...
Predictors of visual attention to climate change images: An eye-tracking study
01. August 2017
Publication date: August 2017 Source:Journal of Environmental Psychology, Volume 51 Author(s): Silja Sollberger, Thomas Bernauer, Ulrike Ehlert Attentional engagement with climate change is an important precondition for intentional climate-friendly behavior. However, not much is known about the determinants of an individuals' implicit willingness to attend to this global problem. This study investigates two potentially relevant predictors of implicit attention to climate change: a) pro-environmental orientation as a trait factor and b) experimentally induced stress as a state...

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