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Encouraging ecological behaviour through induced hypocrisy and inconsistency: A commentary
01. April 2018
Publication date: April 2018 Source:Journal of Environmental Psychology, Volume 56 Author(s): April L. McGrath A recent study established a connection between the experience of cognitive dissonance and participation in an ecological behaviour (Priolo et al., 2016), and indeed there is a record of empirical investigations examining cognitive dissonance as a behaviour change tool in an environmental context. Importantly, the practical implications regarding the use of dissonance as a behaviour change tool are overstated given the experimental procedure used in the study. Specifically...
Feel good, stay green: Positive affect promotes pro-environmental behaviors and mitigates compensatory “mental bookkeeping” effects
01. April 2018
Publication date: April 2018 Source:Journal of Environmental Psychology, Volume 56 Author(s): Gilles Chatelain, Stefanie Lena Hille, David Sander, Martin Patel, Ulf Joachim Jonas Hahnel, Tobias Brosch To counteract climate change people should adopt lifestyles consisting of numerous pro-environmental actions, across different domains, sustained over long time periods. Thus, it is important to understand how initial pro-environmental behaviors can impact the likelihood of subsequent behaviors. We tested the hypothesis that people use mental bookkeeping of past behaviors...
Residential satisfaction in low-density Australian suburbs: The impact of social and physical context on neighbourhood contentment
01. April 2018
Publication date: Available online 12 February 2018 Source:Journal of Environmental Psychology Author(s): Richard Tucker, Zainab Abass This paper asks whether physical built environment characteristics or social factors have the greatest impacts on residents’ satisfaction with low-density suburban neighbourhoods. Quantitative analyses of a survey of 247 residents living in three Australian suburbs was conducted to measure residential satisfaction. While the majority of research focuses only on one of three dimensions of residential satisfaction – satisfaction with dwelling or...
The impact of moving entities on wayfinding performance
01. April 2018
Publication date: Available online 12 February 2018 Source:Journal of Environmental Psychology Author(s): Yingying Yang, Edward C. Merrill, Trent Robinson, Qi Wang Wayfinding requires monitoring movements in the environment, in addition to identifying stable landmarks. The current study investigated how moving entities impact wayfinding. Experiment 1 evaluated the effects of moving entities that were presented during the acquisition but not during retrieval. Experiment 2 examined the effect of presenting moving entities during retrieval that were not presented during initial...
Demographic and community-level predictors of recycling behavior: A statewide, assessment
01. April 2018
Publication date: Available online 12 February 2018 Source:Journal of Environmental Psychology Author(s): Jason D. Seacat, Nicholas Boileau Municipal solid waste (MSW) generation significantly outpaces growth in municipal recycling and this trend has substantial environmental, health and economic consequences. Several community and sociodemographic factors have been proposed to affect municipal recycling rates. Using a telephone and Internet-based assessment, we examined community-level recycling policies, practices and resources in 245 Massachusetts municipalities. We sought to...
It's what you do and where you do it: Perceived similarity in household water saving behaviours
01. Februar 2018
Publication date: February 2018 Source:Journal of Environmental Psychology, Volume 55 Author(s): Sarah Kneebone, Kelly Fielding, Liam Smith In the face of continued environmental degradation, policy makers need to accelerate public uptake of pro-environmental behaviours. Promoting behaviours which catalyse the adoption of other similar behaviours through the spillover effect has been proposed as a potential solution. This requires understanding which behaviours are seen as similar and what criteria are used to identify behavioural similarity. We used a sorting procedure with 32...
Learned helplessness moderates the relationship between environmental concern and behavior
01. Februar 2018
Publication date: February 2018 Source:Journal of Environmental Psychology, Volume 55 Author(s): Nicholas Landry, Robert Gifford, Taciano L. Milfont, Andrew Weeks, Steven Arnocky Many concerned individuals refrain from meaningful pro-environmental actions. We examined whether self-reported levels of trait learned helplessness moderates this concern–behavior relation. Results confirmed that learned helplessness moderated links between environmental concern and both self-reported and in-vivo measures of pro-environmental behavior, such that concern most strongly predicted...
Psychological theories of car use: An integrative review and conceptual framework
01. Februar 2018
Publication date: February 2018 Source:Journal of Environmental Psychology, Volume 55 Author(s): Samuel Chng, Charles Abraham, Mathew P. White, Christin Hoffmann, Stephen Skippon Personal car use is increasing globally and is an important contributor to poor air quality and global greenhouse gas emissions. Although individuals have little direct control over some emission sources (e.g. heavy industry), they can modify their car use thereby reducing their own contribution. There have been many attempts to understand the psychology of personal car use and identify ways in which...
Averaging bias in environmental impact estimates: Evidence from the negative footprint illusion
01. Februar 2018
Publication date: February 2018 Source:Journal of Environmental Psychology, Volume 55 Author(s): Mattias Holmgren, Hanna Andersson, Patrik Sörqvist In this paper we argue that unsustainable behaviors often stem from a common averaging bias when people estimate the environmental impact of a set of environmentally friendly and less friendly objects or actions. In Experiment 1, we show that people believe that the total carbon footprint of a category of items (a community of buildings in this case) is lower, rather than higher, when environmentally friendly (“green” buildings...
Environmental motivations for energy use in PV households: Proposal of a modified norm activation model for the specific context of PV households
01. Februar 2018
Publication date: February 2018 Source:Journal of Environmental Psychology, Volume 55 Author(s): Inga Wittenberg, Anke Blöbaum, Ellen Matthies The diffusion of renewable energy progressed, but reductions in energy consumption remain important. Beyond technology and economic factors, environmental motivations seem important for associating renewables with energy savings. Based on the modified norm activation model (mNAM), we investigated how environmental motivations, other psychological, technological and monetary aspects influence the self-reported energy-saving behavior of PV...
How do we know we are measuring environmental attitude? Specific objectivity as the formal validation criterion for measures of latent attributes
01. Februar 2018
Publication date: February 2018 Source:Journal of Environmental Psychology, Volume 55 Author(s): Florian G. Kaiser, Martin Merten, Eunike Wetzel In this article, our aim is to introduce the formal validation criterion of specific objectivity to environmental psychologists. Using a convenience sample of 787 respondents, we constructed a set of attitude measures. We found that all five scales represented one attribute. As expected from the Campbell Paradigm, individual attitude can be inferred from verbal acts, such as expressions of appreciation, normative expectations, intentions...
Before and after a natural disaster: Disruption in emotion component of place-identity and wellbeing
01. Februar 2018
Publication date: February 2018 Source:Journal of Environmental Psychology, Volume 55 Author(s): I. Knez, A. Butler, Å. Ode Sang, E. Ångman, I. Sarlöv-Herlin, A. Åkerskog The aim was to investigate relationships between emotion and cognition components of place-identity and wellbeing, before and after a natural disaster. A total of 656 respondents, living near the area of the largest forest and landscape fire in modern times in Sweden, participated in this study. Before the disaster, a positive association was found between place-identity and wellbeing, indicating that...
Does reduced psychological distance increase climate engagement? On the limits of localizing climate change
01. Februar 2018
Publication date: February 2018 Source:Journal of Environmental Psychology, Volume 55 Author(s): Jonathon P. Schuldt, Laura N. Rickard, Z. Janet Yang It is commonly suggested that reducing the psychological distance of climate change will increase public engagement. However, extant studies are limited by their correlational design, or by depicting impacts that vary in distance but also in kind or severity. We conducted two experiments designed to vary distance only, holding impacts constant. U.S. participants completed a visual-spatial task that portrayed the Maldives—a remote...
Geometrical distortions in geographical cognitive maps
01. Februar 2018
Publication date: February 2018 Source:Journal of Environmental Psychology, Volume 55 Author(s): Marco Costa, Leonardo Bonetti A map sketching methodology was applied in three studies to assess geometrical distortions in large-scale cognitive geographical maps. In the first study, 198 participants sketched Italy's national and regional borders marking the 20 regional capital locations. Furthermore, in 40 city pairs, participants had to indicate which city was further north or further west. Results showed a remarkable rotation of Italy's longitudinal axis of 26.74° toward the...
Place attachment, disruption and transformative adaptation
01. Februar 2018
Publication date: February 2018 Source:Journal of Environmental Psychology, Volume 55 Author(s): Darren Clarke, Conor Murphy, Irene Lorenzoni This paper explores place disruption, where transformative adaptation was proposed for flood risk management, by examining: a) the relationships between place attachment, place-related symbolic meanings, place-protective interpretative responses and attitudinal responses, and b) evaluation of governance processes. Questionnaires were administered to residents in Clontarf, County Dublin, Ireland in 2014 (n = 280) in the aftermath of...
Psychosocial implications of unconventional natural gas development: Quality of life in Ohio's Guernsey and Noble Counties
01. Februar 2018
Publication date: February 2018 Source:Journal of Environmental Psychology, Volume 55 Author(s): Michael P. Fisher, Alex Mayer, Kaitlin Vollet, Elaine L. Hill, Erin N. Haynes As unconventional natural gas development (UNGD) activities such as “fracking” have proliferated across the U.S., research has begun to examine their impacts on human life. Much scholarship has centered on possible health and environmental impacts. However, a range of plausible psychosocial impacts has begun to emerge. Utilizing grounded theory methods and data from qualitative interviews with...
The impact of heritage decline on urban social life
01. Februar 2018
Publication date: February 2018 Source:Journal of Environmental Psychology, Volume 55 Author(s): Hanaw Mohammed Taqi M. Amin This study explores the impacts of urban change on neighbourhood residents, by exploring the process of change, and by analysing the form of residents’ behavioural responses to such change. It is based on the concepts of place identity and place dependence, via a notion of environmental disruption, with a focus on the symbolic meanings associated with the historic city centre of Sulaimaniyah in Kurdistan, Iraq. For this purpose, a qualitative method is used...
Deciphering the religious orientation of a sacred space: Disparate impressions of worship settings by congregants and external observers
01. Februar 2018
Publication date: February 2018 Source:Journal of Environmental Psychology, Volume 55 Author(s): Benjamin R. Meagher Although existing research has assessed the factors associated with judgments of novel sacred spaces, comparatively little work has investigated how these environmental properties relate to the beliefs, emotions, and satisfaction of the congregants who worship there. In this study, individuals from 23 churches evaluated their worship space, and an online sample provided their impressions of these settings and the type of people they believe worship there. A series of...
Between “broken windows” and the “eyes on the street:” walking to school in inner city San Diego
01. Februar 2018
Publication date: February 2018 Source:Journal of Environmental Psychology, Volume 55 Author(s): Huê-Tâm Webb Jamme, Deepak Bahl, Tridib Banerjee While research on active school travel usually focuses on physical activity benefits, this study proposes a conceptual framework to understand children's well-being, cognitive development, and community life associated with walking to school in an inner-city neighborhood. A series of children-centered activities (surveys, cognitive mapping, and focus groups) revealed that students who walk to school develop an acute understanding of...
Exploring perceived restoration potential of urban green enclosure through immersive virtual environments
01. Februar 2018
Publication date: Available online 9 January 2018 Source:Journal of Environmental Psychology Author(s): Payam Tabrizian, Perver K. Baran, William R. Smith, Ross K. Meentemeyer We examine the effects of green space enclosure on perceived restorativeness and perceived safety in two urban setting, and in turn, we explore the extent to which perceived safety mediates the casual pathways between enclosure and perceived restorativeness. Photorealistic 360o panoramas taken from a plaza and a park were digitally manipulated to create 18 immersive virtual environment (IVE) stimuli that...

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