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The influence of office layout features on employee perception of organizational culture
01. Dezember 2017
Publication date: December 2017 Source:Journal of Environmental Psychology, Volume 54 Author(s): Sarah Zerella, Kathryn von Treuer, Simon L. Albrecht Office layout features and organizational culture have independently been shown to influence employee job satisfaction; however, little is known about whether office layout influences organizational culture. This study had two aims. The first was to investigate the association between office layout and organizational culture. The second was to investigate whether organizational culture mediates the relationship between office layout...
Why young people do things for the environment: The role of parenting for adolescents’ motivation to engage in pro-environmental behaviour
01. Dezember 2017
Publication date: December 2017 Source:Journal of Environmental Psychology, Volume 54 Author(s): Alice Grønhøj, John Thøgersen It is well documented that parents' behaviour and family norms exert a significant influence on young people's pro-environmental attitudes and behaviour. But what is the role of parenting styles in this connection? The present study addresses this question based on a matched sample of young people aged 18–20 (n = 448) and one parent (n = 448), each completing an online questionnaire that included the Motivation Toward the Environment Scale...
Time grows on trees: The effect of nature settings on time perception
01. Dezember 2017
Publication date: December 2017 Source:Journal of Environmental Psychology, Volume 54 Author(s): Mariya Davydenko, Johanna Peetz We examined whether nature exposure may be related to time perception. When estimating the length of time spent in nature vs. an urban environment, does the subjective estimate of experience duration change depending on the setting? We present evidence that an experience in nature can feel longer than the same experience in a man-made environment, independent of actual duration. Participants overestimated the duration of a walk if this walk took them...
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...
Saving energy in the workplace: Why, and for whom?
01. November 2017
Publication date: November 2017 Source:Journal of Environmental Psychology, Volume 53 Author(s): Caroline Leygue, Eamonn Ferguson, Alexa Spence Saving energy at work might be considered altruistic, because often no personal benefits accrue. However, we consider the possibility that it can be a form of impure-altruism in that the individual experiences some rewards. We develop a scale to measure motivations to save energy at work and test its predictive power for energy-saving intentions and sustainable choices. In two studies (N = 293 and N = 94) motivations towards helping...
Do the hospital rooms make a difference for patients’ stress? A multilevel analysis of the role of perceived control, positive distraction, and social support
01. November 2017
Publication date: November 2017 Source:Journal of Environmental Psychology, Volume 53 Author(s): Cláudia Campos Andrade, Ann Sloan Devlin, Cícero Roberto Pereira, Maria Luísa Lima The physical environment of healthcare settings can contribute to preventing or reducing patients' stress. Using Ulrich's theory of supportive design (1991), this study tested whether this relationship occurs because the physical environment promotes perceptions of control, positive distractions, and social support. The research disentangles the contribution of the objective qualities of physical...
Toward a theory of farmer conservation attitudes: Dual interests and willingness to take action to protect water quality
01. November 2017
Publication date: November 2017 Source:Journal of Environmental Psychology, Volume 53 Author(s): Kristin Floress, Silvestre García de Jalón, Sarah P. Church, Nicholas Babin, Jessica D. Ulrich-Schad, Linda S. Prokopy Water quality in the Midwestern United States is threatened as a result of agricultural runoff. Based on self-reported data from a survey of farmers in Indiana, we aim to provide a better understanding of how awareness of water quality problems, farm-as-business attitudes, and stewardship attitudes are related to each other and willingness to improve water...
The relationships of political ideology and party affiliation with environmental concern: A meta-analysis
01. November 2017
Publication date: November 2017 Source:Journal of Environmental Psychology, Volume 53 Author(s): Shannon M. Cruz This study reports the results of two meta-analyses investigating the relationships between environmental concern and both political party affiliation and political ideology. Political party affiliation was found to have a substantial association with environmental concern (ρ = 0.22), as was political ideology (ρ = 0.27). Both relationships could also be corrected for error of measurement and restriction in range, yielding corrected effect sizes of ρ’ = 0.30 and...
Moderating effects of pro-environmental self-identity on pro-environmental intentions and behaviour: A multi-behaviour study
01. November 2017
Publication date: November 2017 Source:Journal of Environmental Psychology, Volume 53 Author(s): V. Carfora, D. Caso, P. Sparks, M. Conner Self-identity is considered as a useful additional predictor in the theory of planned behaviour (TPB). However, previous research generally assessed the impact of pro-environmental self-identity in relation to single behaviours and no studies considered its potential role in moderating the impact of other predictors on behaviour. The present research used a within-persons approach to examine effects across behaviours and a longitudinal design...
“Battlefields” of blue flags and seahorses: Acts of “fencing” and “de-fencing” place in a gold mining controversy
01. November 2017
Publication date: November 2017 Source:Journal of Environmental Psychology, Volume 53 Author(s): Tasos Hovardas The objective of the present study was to investigate how meanings of place were constructed to shape contrasting positions in a gold mining conflict in Greece, and the implications of these dynamics for place-attachment. A social divide has gradually deepened in the area, separating employees of the mining company, on the one side, from residents involved in agriculture, forestry, fishing, and tourism, on the other. Local people engaged in the conflict were interviewed and...
‘I'll be driving you to school for the rest of your life’: A qualitative study of parents' fear of stranger danger
01. November 2017
Publication date: November 2017 Source:Journal of Environmental Psychology, Volume 53 Author(s): Jacinta Francis, Karen Martin, Lisa Wood, Sarah Foster Parents' concern about children's safety is a recurring theme in studies exploring children's independent mobility and play. However, few studies have investigated neighbourhood features influencing parents' fear of strangers harming their child, nor the extent to which this fear is influenced by socio-economic status (SES). We explored i) parents' perceived risk of, and fear of, stranger danger; ii) physical and social...
Preferences for car sharing services: Effects of instrumental attributes and psychological ownership
01. November 2017
Publication date: November 2017 Source:Journal of Environmental Psychology, Volume 53 Author(s): Joshua Paundra, Laurens Rook, Jan van Dalen, Wolfgang Ketter Car sharing services gain momentum as a potential alternative to various modes of transportation, including privately owned cars. This trend goes hand in hand with a renewed interest in the sharing economy, which has as essential premise that product ownership is of minor relevance. Using an online experiment, this study investigates if individual differences in psychological ownership influence the effects of well-known...
Children prefer a nonstandardized to a standardized jumping stone configuration: Playing time and judgments
01. November 2017
Publication date: November 2017 Source:Journal of Environmental Psychology, Volume 53 Author(s): Karlijn Sporrel, Simone R. Caljouw, Rob Withagen Over the last decades, the omnipresent standardization of contemporary playgrounds has been criticized for several reasons. The present study examined whether children prefer a nonstandardized or a standardized jumping stone configuration. Children were free to play in both configurations, alone or in a group of four. After the playing the children were to rate how beautiful they found each configuration, and how much they enjoyed...
Individual differences in values determine the relative persuasiveness of biospheric, economic and combined appeals
01. November 2017
Publication date: November 2017 Source:Journal of Environmental Psychology, Volume 53 Author(s): Karlijn van den Broek, Jan Willem Bolderdijk, Linda Steg Many environmental campaigns highlight both the environmental and financial benefits of behaviour change, in the hope of motivating a broad audience. But are such mixed appeals more persuasive than separate appeals? We argue that messages tailored to match recipient's prioritised values are more persuasive than combined appeals. We conducted a questionnaire study to assess the persuasiveness of economic, environmental, and mixed...
Primary spaces and their cues as facilitators of personal and social inferences
01. November 2017
Publication date: November 2017 Source:Journal of Environmental Psychology, Volume 53 Author(s): Raquel Perez-Lopez, Juan Ignacio Aragonés, María Amérigo People leave ‘footprints’ in the environment in which they live and these become cues that reflect the occupants' identity. The aim of the present study was to determine the inferences about sociodemographic and personality traits made from the observation of primary spaces, and to identify the cues that facilitate such inferences. In Study 1, participants (N = 214) observed non-shared spaces and completed a...
Motion nature projection reduces patient's psycho-physiological anxiety during CT imaging
01. November 2017
Publication date: November 2017 Source:Journal of Environmental Psychology, Volume 53 Author(s): Emma Zijlstra, Mariët Hagedoorn, Wim P. Krijnen, Cees P. van der Schans, Mark P. Mobach A growing body of evidence indicates that natural environments can positively influence people. This study investigated whether the use of motion nature projection in computed tomography (CT) imaging rooms is effective in mitigating psycho-physiological anxiety (vs. no intervention) using a quasi-randomized experiment (N = 97). Perceived anxiety and pleasantness of the room were measured using...

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