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Drivers' mental representations of familiar rural roads
01. Juni 2017
Publication date: June 2017 Source:Journal of Environmental Psychology, Volume 50 Author(s): Samuel G. Charlton, Nicola J. Starkey The focus of the research was to investigate drivers' expectations and mental representations of familiar rural roads. Participants first completed a picture sort task for 34 rural road scenes from the local area and then rated the roads individually in terms of their comfort, driving difficulty, monotony, the speed they would choose, and how safe they would feel while driving. The similarity judgements from the picture sorting task were analysed with...
Individual differences in collectivism predict city identification and city evaluation in Australian, French, and Turkish cities
01. Juni 2017
Publication date: June 2017 Source:Journal of Environmental Psychology, Volume 50 Author(s): Mark Rubin, Constantina Badea, Jenna Condie, Yara Mahfud, Tessa Morrison, Müjde Peker Collectivism is a sociocultural variable that predicts how people relate to social groups. Cities are social groups. Hence, collectivism should predict how people relate to cities. To test this prediction, the researchers sampled 1660 residents of four cities in three countries. Participants completed an online survey containing measures of collectivism, city identification, and city evaluation...
Housing and neighborhood physical quality: Children's mental health and motivation
01. Juni 2017
Publication date: June 2017 Source:Journal of Environmental Psychology, Volume 50 Author(s): Kimberly A. Rollings, Nancy M. Wells, Gary W. Evans, Amanda Bednarz, Yizhao Yang This longitudinal study examined relations between the physical quality of housing, neighborhood, and their interactive effect on the life course development of 341 U.S. rural children from ages 9–24 years. Standardized instruments assessed housing quality (structural, clutter/cleanliness, indoor climate, hazards, crowding/privacy) and neighborhood quality (street connectivity, density, land use mix...
Tailored information helps people progress towards reducing their beef consumption
01. Juni 2017
Publication date: June 2017 Source:Journal of Environmental Psychology, Volume 50 Author(s): Christian A. Klöckner, Sunita Prugsamatz Ofstad Stage-based theories of behavior change predict that people should have a different need for information in various stages. We tested this assumption in three studies on reduction of beef consumption on Norwegian samples. An information website was developed providing information on why and how to reduce beef consumption. In Study 1 (N=389), user behavior on this website was analyzed depending on the stage of change. It was found that people...
Mental and behavioral health settings: Importance & effectiveness of environmental qualities & features as perceived by staff
01. Juni 2017
Publication date: June 2017 Source:Journal of Environmental Psychology, Volume 50 Author(s): Mardelle McCuskey Shepley, Angela Watson, Francis Pitts, Anne Garrity, Elizabeth Spelman, Andrea Fronsman, Janhawi Kelkar This paper describes research on the design of behavioral and mental health facilities. Using input from clinical staff, the purpose of the study was four-fold: to develop and test a tool for the evaluation of mental and behavioral health (MBH) facilities, to evaluate the importance and effectiveness of specific environmental qualities and features, to generate...
Spatial learning by egocentric updating during wayfinding in a real middle-scale environment: Effects of differences in route planning and following
01. Juni 2017
Publication date: June 2017 Source:Journal of Environmental Psychology, Volume 50 Author(s): Kayoko Ohtsu We propose that spatial inferences in egocentric reference frames while planning and following a route influence spatial learning through wayfinding. Two wayfinding tasks using real labyrinths were conducted. In Experiment 1, separate and combined route plans produced by number of destinations participants received at the initial stage of route planning were compared. The results suggest that a combined route plan inferring multiple directions of the destinations leads to more...
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01. April 2017
Publication date: April 2017 Source:Journal of Environmental Psychology, Volume 49
Environmental peer persuasion: How moral exporting and belief superiority relate to efforts to influence others
01. April 2017
Publication date: April 2017 Source:Journal of Environmental Psychology, Volume 49 Author(s): Alexander Maki, Kaitlin T. Raimi Traditional research on environmental behavior has explored the predictors of behavior change as a function of intervention efforts from an authority. The current research examines self-reported environmental behavior outside of these contexts, and in particular demonstrates the value in asking who attempts to influence the environmental behaviors of their peers. Environmental moral exporting and environmental belief superiority both related to efforts to...
Spillover between pro-environmental behaviours: The role of resources and perceived similarity
01. April 2017
Publication date: April 2017 Source:Journal of Environmental Psychology, Volume 49 Author(s): Elise A. Margetts, Yoshihisa Kashima Pro-environmental behavioural spillover – when performing one pro-environmental behaviour (PEB) increases the likelihood of performing another – has been identified as a possible way to increase the amount of environmentally friendly behaviours that individuals perform. The current research investigated this spillover process, the role of chronic environmental motivations, goal priming and behavioural similarity. Three studies (two conducted with...
Exploring wasteful consumption
01. April 2017
Publication date: April 2017 Source:Journal of Environmental Psychology, Volume 49 Author(s): Ying-Ching Lin, Chiu-chi Angela Chang While prior research indicates that most consumers are mindful of and averse to waste, resources are wasted in everyday life. The present research proposes that the establishment of pro-environmental credentials causes rather than reduces subsequent wasteful consumption. Two studies manipulating pro-environmental credentials and involving actual consumption behaviors support the hypothesis. Specifically, participants who had easily recalled their past...
Perceived interdependencies between settings as constraints for self-reported restoration
01. April 2017
Publication date: April 2017 Source:Journal of Environmental Psychology, Volume 49 Author(s): Eike von Lindern Being away is considered a key requirement for restoring depleted cognitive resources. However, it is unclear which human-environment transactions promote or constrain the sense of being away. This study examines whether perceived interdependencies between cognitively demanding and leisure-time settings can reduce the perceived sense of being away. The results from an online survey of German adults indicated that self-reported health-related outcomes after leisure time were...
Seeing our self reflected in the world around us: The role of identity in making (natural) environments restorative
01. April 2017
Publication date: April 2017 Source:Journal of Environmental Psychology, Volume 49 Author(s): Thomas A. Morton, Anne Marthe van der Bles, S. Alexander Haslam Exposure to nature has been shown to restore cognitive capacities and activate intrinsic motivational states. The present research considered the role of salient identities in determining these effects. Three studies demonstrated that salient identities modify how people respond to natural environments. Exposure to images of natural environments increased the strength of intrinsic over extrinsic aspirations, and improved...
Winter recreationists' self-reported likelihood of skiing backcountry slopes: Investigating the role of situational factors, personal experiences with avalanches and sensation-seeking
01. April 2017
Publication date: April 2017 Source:Journal of Environmental Psychology, Volume 49 Author(s): Davide Marengo, Maria Grazia Monaci, Renato Miceli The present study investigated how information about situational characteristics typically encountered by backcountry recreationists influenced their perceived likelihood of skiing backcountry slopes exposed to avalanche danger. Sensation seeking and previous direct and indirect experiences with avalanche accidents were evaluated as relevant individual predictors. Data was collected by implementing randomized textual scenarios, using a...
Lighting modes and their effects on impressions of public squares
01. April 2017
Publication date: April 2017 Source:Journal of Environmental Psychology, Volume 49 Author(s): Jack L. Nasar, Saleheh Bokharaei Lighting may affect impressions of public places after dark. Prospect-refuge theory suggests that people would favor uniform, bright, or overhead lighting to the alternatives. The study had 363 (161 men, 202 women) adult participants. An on-line survey displayed color slides of two simulated squares, each repeated for all mixes of lighting modes (order randomized across participants). One square also varied the peripheral lighting tilt (down or out). For...
Dwelling conditions and life satisfaction of older people through residential satisfaction
01. April 2017
Publication date: April 2017 Source:Journal of Environmental Psychology, Volume 49 Author(s): Cristina Fernández-Portero, David Alarcón, Ángela Barrios Padura Dwelling conditions are a good predictor of the psychological well-being of older people who live in urban surroundings. Psychological well-being depends on the internal and external conditions of the home and on the residential satisfaction with the home itself, the building and the community. The study analyzed the relationship between life satisfaction of older people and their perceived satisfaction with their home...
Environmental effects on cognition and decision making of knowledge workers
01. April 2017
Publication date: April 2017 Source:Journal of Environmental Psychology, Volume 49 Author(s): Johannes Moskaliuk, Carolin P. Burmeister, Florian Landkammer, Bettina Renner, Ulrike Cress The term ubiquitous working describes the relocation from working in a traditional office on company premises to flexible working in the home or in other environments that were never originally conceptualized for working, such as parks or hotel lobbies. Research indicates that the environment has the potential to influence work performance. We used virtual 3D environments to examine the impact...
Separate worlds: The influence of seating location on student engagement, classroom experience, and performance in the large university lecture hall
01. April 2017
Publication date: April 2017 Source:Journal of Environmental Psychology, Volume 49 Author(s): David J. Shernoff, Alexander J. Sannella, Roberta Y. Schorr, Lina Sanchez-Wall, Erik A. Ruzek, Suparna Sinha, Denise M. Bressler The purpose of this study was to examine the influence of students' seating location in a large, lecture-style university course on student engagement, attention, classroom learning experience, and course performance. Participants (N = 407) were students in two cohorts of an undergraduate financial accounting course at a large university in the United...
Effect of spatial scale on children's performance in a searching task
01. April 2017
Publication date: April 2017 Source:Journal of Environmental Psychology, Volume 49 Author(s): Marcos F. Rosetti, Bertha Valdez, Robyn Hudson The decision processes involved in searching behavior are often assumed to be similar despite differences in the dimensions of the situations in which the subjects search. However, many sensorimotor processes are modified when searching on real-life field situations, experimental rooms or computer screens. In this study we tested children in a series of setups where they searched for objects hidden beneath opaque covers. We reduced the...
Investigating daytime effects of correlated colour temperature on experiences, performance, and arousal
01. April 2017
Publication date: Available online 8 February 2017 Source:Journal of Environmental Psychology Author(s): Karin C.H.J. Smolders, Yvonne A.W. de Kort Research in the late evening and at night has shown that acute activating effects of light are particularly sensitive to short-wavelength light. Yet, findings on such effects during daytime are still inconclusive. This study (N = 39) investigated effects of correlated colour temperature (CCT; 2700 K vs. 6000 K, 500 lx on the desk) on individuals' experiences, performance, and physiology during one hour of exposure in the morning...
Seeing change and being change in the world: The relationship between lay theories about the world and environmental intentions
01. April 2017
Publication date: Available online 1 February 2017 Source:Journal of Environmental Psychology Author(s): Monica Soliman, Anne E. Wilson Scientists predict that climate change will cause substantial changes to life on our planet, and that human behavior should change substantially in order to mitigate its impact. Hence, we propose that lay theories of change are among the psychological factors that can influence pro-environmental engagement. We predicted that people who think of the world as relatively stable will be more likely to be skeptical about anthropogenic climate change...

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