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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...
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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...
Attitudes toward the prototypical environmentalist predict environmentally friendly behavior
01. August 2017
Publication date: August 2017 Source:Journal of Environmental Psychology, Volume 51 Author(s): Kate A. Ratliff, Jennifer L. Howell, Liz Redford Despite concern about environmental issues, many people engage in environmentally-unfriendly behavior. The present research introduces a novel predictor of environmentally friendly behavior: attitudes toward the prototypical environmentalist, or the favorability of a mental image someone has of the typical, representative environmentalist. Based on previous findings linking prototype attitudes to behavior, we expected positive attitudes...
Psychological strategies to promote household recycling. A systematic review with meta-analysis of validated field interventions
01. August 2017
Publication date: August 2017 Source:Journal of Environmental Psychology, Volume 51 Author(s): Alessandra Varotto, Anna Spagnolli Recycling urban waste is a priority to preserve natural resources and reduce pollution. However, the entire recycling process is not possible without the cooperation of citizens through primary separation of waste at home. Various psychological intervention strategies have been applied to promote household recycling, such as information, feedback, incentives, commitment, behavior modeling and environmental alterations. The purpose of this article is to...
From prediction to process: A self-regulation account of environmental behavior change
01. August 2017
Publication date: August 2017 Source:Journal of Environmental Psychology, Volume 51 Author(s): Kristian Steensen Nielsen Recently, environmental researchers have been urged to widen the theoretical scope and integrate other behavioral moderators to better understand and bridge the frequently observed intention-behavior gap in the environmental domain. The present article seeks to meet this call by reviewing and highlighting the relevance of self-regulation for environmental behavior change. The article focuses on the two primary components of self-regulation: goal setting and goal...
Coupling social norms and commitments: Testing the underdetected nature of social influence
01. August 2017
Publication date: August 2017 Source:Journal of Environmental Psychology, Volume 51 Author(s): Christine M. Jaeger, P. Wesley Schultz Normative information has shown success in promoting proenvironmental behavior. Research suggests that its influence is largely underdetected, with recipients widely underestimating its impact. Consequently, behavioral changes induced by normative information should be perceived as intrinsically motivated. This hypothesis was tested with a commitment-making procedure, where intrinsically motivated commitments tend to produce relatively long-term...
Live green, think green: Sustainable school architecture and children’s environmental attitudes and behaviors
01. August 2017
Publication date: August 2017 Source:Journal of Environmental Psychology, Volume 51 Author(s): Richard Tucker, Parisa Izadpanahi This study aimed to determine whether the environmental attitudes and behaviors of children attending primary schools designed or adapted for sustainability are different from those of children attending conventional schools. An NEP (Children@school) scale was developed to measure children's environmental attitudes and a GEB (Children@school) scale was developed to measure children's environmental behaviors. Data collected from children aged between 10 and...
“Green to be seen” and “brown to keep down”: Visibility moderates the effect of identity on pro-environmental behavior
01. August 2017
Publication date: August 2017 Source:Journal of Environmental Psychology, Volume 51 Author(s): Cameron Brick, David K. Sherman, Heejung S. Kim Social identities predict pro-environmental behavior, but the strength may depend on whether the behavior is visible to others. When an environmentalist considers a pro-environmental behavior such as carrying reusable grocery bags, being observed by others may motivate signaling the valued group membership and may increase behavior (“green to be seen”). When an anti-environmentalist considers a pro-environmental behavior that signals...
Expanding the range of environmental values: Political orientation, moral foundations, and the common ingroup
01. August 2017
Publication date: August 2017 Source:Journal of Environmental Psychology, Volume 51 Author(s): Christopher Wolsko Resolving widespread political polarization on environmental issues, particularly in the U.S., remains an intractable problem. Data from a pair of experiments illuminate a way forward in which a range of different moral and political values may be affirmed under the rubric of a common environmental destiny. Findings from Experiment 1 demonstrated that conservatives’ pro-environmental attitudes substantially increased after an appeal to binding and liberty moral concerns...
Effects of “hotspots” as a function of intrinsic neighborhood attractiveness
01. August 2017
Publication date: August 2017 Source:Journal of Environmental Psychology, Volume 51 Author(s): Christophe Blaison, Mario Gollwitzer, Ursula Hess Would the positive effect of an urban park differ as a function of whether it is located in Beverly Hills or in South-Central? Would the negative effect of a noisy highway in Beverly Hills differ from its effect in South-Central? The present research investigates how changes in intrinsic neighborhood attractiveness modify the effects of intensely valenced locations – i.e., positive or negative “hotspots.” In two experiments...
Exploring the meaning of home for family caregivers of people with dementia
01. August 2017
Publication date: August 2017 Source:Journal of Environmental Psychology, Volume 51 Author(s): Dia Soilemezi, Amy Drahota, John Crossland, Rebecca Stores, Alan Costall The home remains the preferred site for ageing and care provision, yet its role and meaning for caregivers remains under-studied. Thirteen co-resident family caregivers of people with dementia were interviewed about the personal meaning of their home environment. Interviews were recorded, transcribed and analysed using thematic analysis. The findings revealed that ‘home is everything’ for caregivers and...
Minimizing the gender difference in perceived safety: Comparing the effects of urban back alley interventions
01. August 2017
Publication date: August 2017 Source:Journal of Environmental Psychology, Volume 51 Author(s): Bin Jiang, Cecilia Nga Sze Mak, Linda Larsen, Hua Zhong Urban alleys are perceived as unsafe, especially by women. We conducted a photograph-questionnaire survey to examine gender difference in perceived safety of alley scenes. Photograph simulation technology was used to create three categories of intervention scenes: Cleaning, Vegetation, and Urban Function & Vegetation. For the existing (Baseline) and Cleaning scenes, perceived safety remained low for both genders, though...
The merits of teaching local history: Increased place attachment enhances civic engagement and social trust
01. August 2017
Publication date: August 2017 Source:Journal of Environmental Psychology, Volume 51 Author(s): Anna Stefaniak, Michał Bilewicz, Maria Lewicka Low levels of civic engagement and social trust in post-communist countries constitute an important limitation to national economic growth and the well-being of inhabitants. In the current paper we propose that discovering local history should result in greater place attachment which constitutes a viable strategy for stimulating indicators of social capital. Specifically, we tested the influence of teaching local history on the development...
Perceived home is associated with psychological well-being in a cohort aged 67–70 years
01. August 2017
Publication date: August 2017 Source:Journal of Environmental Psychology, Volume 51 Author(s): Maya Kylén, Steven M. Schmidt, Susanne Iwarsson, Maria Haak, Henrik Ekström Research on very old people has shown that perceived aspects of home are important for health, but research on such associations in younger cohorts of older people is lacking. The aim of this study was to investigate whether perceived aspects of home were associated with psychological well-being among community-living people aged 67–70. Interview data were collected with 371 individuals living in...

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