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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...
The role of parents and best friends in children's pro-environmentalism: Differences according to age and gender
01. Dezember 2017
Publication date: December 2017 Source:Journal of Environmental Psychology, Volume 54 Author(s): Silvia Collado, Gary W. Evans, Miguel A. Sorrel Although research suggests parents influence the development of their children's environmental attitudes (EA) and behaviors (EB), the possible impact of other socialization agents is largely unknown. This article takes a closer look at how parents and friends may shape 9 to 13 year-olds’ EA and EB. Parents' EA and EB were registered via questionnaires and children's reported their EA and EB through computer-based, child-friendly...
The impact of earthquakes on the intention to move: Fight or flight?
01. Dezember 2017
Publication date: December 2017 Source:Journal of Environmental Psychology, Volume 54 Author(s): Sylvia J.T. Jansen, Joris S.C.M. Hoekstra, Harry J.F.M. Boumeester The extraction of natural gas in the north of The Netherlands has led to soil subsidence and the occurrence of earthquakes. Residents worry about the safety of their families and the saleability of their dwelling and might want to move. The goal is to examine whether the earthquakes are related to the intention to move. A survey among residents in the area was carried out in 2015. The results show that the intention to...
The effect of group size on energy consumption by communal electricity users
01. Dezember 2017
Publication date: December 2017 Source:Journal of Environmental Psychology, Volume 54 Author(s): Nurit Carmi, Noga Mostovoy A communal electricity metering, where several consumers split their bill equally without being able to distinguish between their individual electricity consumption (EC), may create a social dilemma. Using this concept as a frame of reference, we hypothesized that increasing the group size of the consumers would increase EC. We increased the perceived group size of communal electricity users and monitored EC before, during and after the intervention. We also...
The relationship between Corporate Environmental Responsibility, employees’ biospheric values and pro-environmental behaviour at work
01. Dezember 2017
Publication date: December 2017 Source:Journal of Environmental Psychology, Volume 54 Author(s): Angela Maria Ruepert, Kees Keizer, Linda Steg Many organizations strive for Corporate Environmental Responsibility (CER). This can make organizational processes and procedures more pro-environmental, but does it also promote employees’ pro-environmental behaviour? We reason that CER can encourage employees to act pro-environmentally at work by increasing the likelihood that they consider the environmental consequences of their behaviour. In two studies, we test to what extent CER...
Predicting adolescents' recycling behavior among different big five personality types
01. Dezember 2017
Publication date: December 2017 Source:Journal of Environmental Psychology, Volume 54 Author(s): Mykolas Simas Poškus, Rita Žukauskienė The present study investigates adolescents' self-reported recycling behavior, adopting a much-needed person-oriented approach. We found that adolescents that have different personality types approach recycling differently. Those who have more expressed adaptive and positive personality traits show more favorable attitudes toward recycling and engage in recycling more than those who have less adaptive traits. Investigating models based on the...
Re-evaluation of the New Ecological Paradigm scale using item response theory
01. Dezember 2017
Publication date: December 2017 Source:Journal of Environmental Psychology, Volume 54 Author(s): Xiaowen Zhu, Chuntian Lu This study employed the item response theory (IRT) technique to reevaluate the psychometric properties of the New Ecological Paradigm (NEP) scale using a national-level survey dataset from China. This IRT analysis revealed some previously unreported but important issues with this widely-used environmental attitude measure. It was found that the NEP scale has differential measurement precision across the environmental attitude continuum; a method factor may exist...
Nature-related mood effects: Season and type of nature contact
01. Dezember 2017
Publication date: December 2017 Source:Journal of Environmental Psychology, Volume 54 Author(s): Aeliesha M. Brooks, Katherine M. Ottley, Katherine D. Arbuthnott, Phillip Sevigny Nature contact is beneficial for both health and mood but these effects have been tested only in studies conducted during summer months and the evidence for clinically-relevant emotions is limited. Three studies contrasted contact with nature vs. built environment in fall and winter seasons using either actual contact or pictures of nature. Mood measures included positive and negative affect...
Testing for the size heuristic in householders’ perceptions of energy consumption
01. Dezember 2017
Publication date: December 2017 Source:Journal of Environmental Psychology, Volume 54 Author(s): Laura Cowen, Birgitta Gatersleben Few householders have the time or motivation to systematically weigh up all the facts when judging the energy consumption of their household appliances. It is likely that they instead rely on simple heuristics such as the size heuristic, which has been reported in a small number of previous studies. The studies showed that people's perceptions of the size and energy consumption of appliances were positively correlated but the studies differed in their...
Threat, coping and flood prevention – A meta-analysis
01. Dezember 2017
Publication date: December 2017 Source:Journal of Environmental Psychology, Volume 54 Author(s): Sebastian Bamberg, Torsten Masson, Katrin Brewitt, Natascha Nemetschek In order to understand flood preventive intentions and behaviors in individuals, the research literature of the last decades has turned to the Protection Motivation Theory (PMT; Rogers, 1975, 1983) as a prominent framework. Yet a meta-analytical synthesis of these research results is still missing. The present meta-analysis combines correlation and regression coefficients reported from 35 single studies using 47...
Affect and the adoption of pro-environmental behaviour: A structural model
01. Dezember 2017
Publication date: December 2017 Source:Journal of Environmental Psychology, Volume 54 Author(s): Filipe Coelho, Maria C. Pereira, Luís Cruz, Paula Simões, Eduardo Barata Pro-environmental behaviour (PEB) is an essential part of changing societies towards a more sustainable future. The literature on PEB has provided significant insights into how the anticipated emotions arising from specific ecological actions contribute to environmentally friendly conduct. Our research departs from these studies by focusing on general affect as a determinant of PEB. Moreover, we specify...
Landscapes for play: Effects of an intervention to promote nature-based risky play in early childhood centres
01. Dezember 2017
Publication date: December 2017 Source:Journal of Environmental Psychology, Volume 54 Author(s): Mariana Brussoni, Takuro Ishikawa, Sara Brunelle, Susan Herrington The outdoor space at childcare centres can be many preschoolers' primary experience of outdoor play. Trends prioritizing risk reduction have diminished access to nature and risky play. We examined the effects of an intervention to increase opportunities for nature and risky play in the outdoor play environments of two childcare centres using a repeated measures mixed methods design. We used the Seven Cs play space...
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01. November 2017
Publication date: November 2017 Source:Journal of Environmental Psychology, Volume 53
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...

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