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Journal of Environmental Psychology

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Your neighbourhood is not a circle, and you are not its centre
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Publication date: December 2019Source: Journal of Environmental Psychology, Volume 66Author(s): Rul von Stülpnagel, Daniel Brand, Ann-Kathrin SeemannAbstractNeighbourhoods are one of the major areas of focus of place attachment research. However, the understanding of the physical space linked to the term “neighbourhood” is particularly vague. We tested the reliability of one frequently used approach to estimate neighbourhood areas based on a fixed radius centred at each resident's home. Our findings suggest that only few neighbourhoods would be adequately represented by such...
How transport modes, the built and natural environments, and activities influence mood: A GPS smartphone app study
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Publication date: December 2019Source: Journal of Environmental Psychology, Volume 66Author(s): Trevin E. Glasgow, Huyen T.K. Le, E. Scott Geller, Yingling Fan, Steve HankeyAbstractTransportation-related mood studies relying on retrospective surveys incur recall bias, given the transient state of mood. Additionally, previous research in this domain has been limited to a single time-point measurement of mood, making it impossible to evaluate within-person variation. This study applied experience sampling methodology (ESM) to explore how mood during travel relates to transport mode...
Hype and hope? Mind-body practice predicts pro-environmental engagement through global identity
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Publication date: December 2019Source: Journal of Environmental Psychology, Volume 66Author(s): Laura S. Loy, Gerhard ReeseAbstractHumanity is facing global environmental challenges and a global identity has been found to predict pro-environmental engagement. As the origins of a global identity are not broadly understood, we aimed to contribute to investigating its predictors. One way to cultivate a global identity might be through the mind-body practices of yoga and meditation that an increasing number of people pursue, as it is one traditional goal of these practices to evoke a sense of...
Impact of built environment design on emotion measured via neurophysiological correlates and subjective indicators: A systematic review
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Publication date: December 2019Source: Journal of Environmental Psychology, Volume 66Author(s): Isabella Bower, Richard Tucker, Peter G. EnticottAbstractStudies investigating environmental enrichment have shown that exposure to enhanced sensory, cognitive, motor and social stimulation results in behavioural, cellular and molecular alterations in animal models. However, the evidence-base for the neurophysiological impact from environmental enrichment in humans has not been widely examined. This paper, which considers the built environment as one significant component of environmental...
A carbon price by another name may seem sweeter: Consumers prefer upstream offsets to downstream taxes
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Publication date: December 2019Source: Journal of Environmental Psychology, Volume 66Author(s): David J. Hardisty, Alec T. Beall, Ruben Lubowski, Annie Petsonk, Rainer Romero-CanyasAbstractSteps to limit greenhouse gas emissions, including putting a “price” on emissions, can be undertaken in a variety of ways, and these policies are associated with different terminology, including carbon “taxes” or “offsets.” Furthermore, in the case of fossil fuels, the emissions can be regulated at different points in the production and usage system: “upstream” regulations are applied to...
The effects of moving into an activity-based office on communication, social relations and work demands – A controlled intervention with repeated follow-up
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Publication date: December 2019Source: Journal of Environmental Psychology, Volume 66Author(s): Annu Haapakangas, David M. Hallman, Svend Erik Mathiassen, Helena JahnckeAbstractWhen organizations adopt activity-based workplaces (ABWs), improved interaction is a common goal. Yet, few controlled longitudinal studies have been conducted on the effects of ABWs on interaction, social relations and work demands. The aim of this natural intervention study was to investigate the effects of moving into an ABW on satisfaction with communication, on social relations (i.e., social support and social...
Fourth graders’ connectedness to nature - Does cultural background matter?
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Publication date: December 2019Source: Journal of Environmental Psychology, Volume 66Author(s): Silvia Fränkel, Daniela Sellmann-Risse, Melanie BastenAbstractMany refugees have entered European classrooms recently, making the classrooms culturally heterogeneous. Some key challenges in the future include productively dealing with different cultures within a country that may have different relationships to nature while still promoting Education for Sustainable Development (ESD). Previous studies show that having different relationships to nature leads to different environmental attitudes...
Perceived fit in activity-based work environments and its impact on satisfaction and performance
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Publication date: October 2019Source: Journal of Environmental Psychology, Volume 65Author(s): Jan Gerard Hoendervanger, Nico W. Van Yperen, Mark P. Mobach, Casper J. AlbersAbstractActivity-based work environments are widely adopted; however, research shows mixed findings regarding privacy issues, satisfaction with the work environment, and task performance. To further our understanding, two complementary studies drawing on Person-Environment fit theory were conducted: (1) A field study using experience sampling, and (2) A lab study in a virtual reality studio. The results from both...
Virtual reality: A new method to investigate cognitive load during navigation
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Publication date: October 2019Source: Journal of Environmental Psychology, Volume 65Author(s): A. Armougum, E. Orriols, A. Gaston-Bellegarde, C. Joie-La Marle, P. PiolinoAbstractCognitive load has for long been studied in relation with learning processes. In our study, we investigated the impact of cognitive load in real-life situation taking the example of train travelers looking for relevant information in a train station. For this purpose, we created a virtual reality model of the tested train station from which we conducted a real-life study. Our aim was to compare travelers...
Moral licensing, moral cleansing and pro-environmental behaviour: The moderating role of pro-environmental attitudes
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Publication date: October 2019Source: Journal of Environmental Psychology, Volume 65Author(s): Maedeh Gholamzadehmir, Paul Sparks, Tom FarsidesAbstractThe present study examined the conditions under which highlighting past pro-environmental behaviour produces a “license” to engage in less pro-environmental behaviour: a phenomenon known as moral licensing. It also examined whether highlighting a lack of past pro-environmental action would lead to moral cleansing, where people engage in moral behaviour to maintain a positive moral self-image. It extends the existing literature on moral...
Hotspots and borders interact in people's attitude toward the environment
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Publication date: October 2019Source: Journal of Environmental Psychology, Volume 65Author(s): Christophe Blaison, Till Martin Kastendieck, Thierry Ramadier, Ursula Hess
Quality of sweatshop factory outdoor environments matters for workers’ stress and anxiety: A participatory smartphone-photography survey
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Publication date: October 2019Source: Journal of Environmental Psychology, Volume 65Author(s): Bin Jiang, Huaqing Wang, Linda Larsen, Fengyu Bao, Zhigang Li, Mathew PryorAbstractStress and anxiety are pervasive mental health problems in “sweatshop” manufacturing factories, leading to depression, violence, and suicide. Previous studies ascribed workers’ mental health problems to social-demographic and employment factors. Few have explored whether, and to what extent, the outdoor environment impacts workers’ stress and anxiety status. Without this understanding, we lose the...
Differentiated effects of risk perception and causal attribution on public behavioral responses to air pollution: A segmentation analysis
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Publication date: October 2019Source: Journal of Environmental Psychology, Volume 65Author(s): Huimin Tan, Jianhua XuAbstractPrior studies of public behavioral responses to air pollution mostly treat respondents as a homogenous group, an assumption that limits our ability to design tailored messages to mobilize actions. This paper employs segmentation techniques to examine the heterogeneity of individuals’ adaptive and mitigation behaviors in response to air pollution. We administered a survey in Beijing and obtained a valid sample of 979 respondents. Using hierarchical cluster analysis...
Exposure to nature may induce lower discounting and lead to healthier dietary choices
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Publication date: October 2019Source: Journal of Environmental Psychology, Volume 65Author(s): Chien-Che Kao, Wen-Hsiung Wu, Wen-Bin ChiouAbstractSuccessful weight loss requires individuals to focus on distant health gains while sacrificing immediate culinary pleasures. Time discounting refers to the tendency to discount larger future gains in favor of smaller immediate rewards. Hence, lower discounting should lead to better dietary practices and healthier dietary choices. Prior research has shown that exposure to natural versus urban landscapes can induce lower discounting. The current...
Elevating nature: Moral elevation increases feelings of connectedness to nature
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Publication date: October 2019Source: Journal of Environmental Psychology, Volume 65Author(s): Sam G. Moreton, Andrew Arena, Matthew J. Hornsey, Charlie R. Crimston, Niko TiliopoulosAbstractMoral elevation is a self-transcendent positive emotion arising from appraisals of moral excellence, which induces feelings of connectedness to other humans. However, no previous published research has investigated whether the effects of moral elevation extend to facilitate feelings of connection with the natural world. In two studies (Ns = 96 and 232), feelings of connectedness to nature were higher in...
Mechanisms of resiliency against depression following the Deepwater Horizon oil spill
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Publication date: October 2019Source: Journal of Environmental Psychology, Volume 65Author(s): John A. Kaufman, Zachary E. Goldman, J. Danielle Sharpe, Amy F. Wolkin, Matthew O. GribbleAbstractPrior studies of oil spills have reported adverse impacts on mental health, but have not examined some potentially important moderators. In this cross-sectional analysis of n = 38,361 responses to the 2010–2011 Gulf States Population Survey, we assessed the association of direct oil contact with depression severity following the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, and modification by self-mastery...
A dose of nature: Two three-level meta-analyses of the beneficial effects of exposure to nature on children's self-regulation
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Publication date: October 2019Source: Journal of Environmental Psychology, Volume 65Author(s): Joyce Weeland, Martine A. Moens, Femke Beute, Mark Assink, Janneke P.C. Staaks, Geertjan OverbeekAbstractThere is growing evidence that exposure to nature, as opposed to a built environment, is associated with better health. Specifically in children, more exposure to nature seems to be associated with better cognitive, affective, and behavioral self-regulation. Because studies are scattered over different scientific disciplines, it is difficult to create a coherent overview of empirical findings...
Predicting climate change risk perception and willingness to act
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Publication date: October 2019Source: Journal of Environmental Psychology, Volume 65Author(s): Belinda Xie, Marilynn B. Brewer, Brett K. Hayes, Rachel I. McDonald, Ben R. NewellAbstractWe extended a recent model of climate change risk perception (van der Linden, 2015) to predict the risk perception of Australians and their willingness to engage in mitigation behaviours (N = 921). Affect, mitigation response inefficacy, and descriptive norms were the most important predictors of risk perception, highlighting the influence of affective, cognitive, and socio-cultural factors. Affect and...
The gradual development of the preference for natural environments
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Publication date: October 2019Source: Journal of Environmental Psychology, Volume 65Author(s): Kimberly L. Meidenbauer, Cecilia U.D. Stenfors, Jaime Young, Elliot A. Layden, Kathryn E. Schertz, Omid Kardan, Jean Decety, Marc G. BermanAbstractAdults demonstrate aesthetic preferences for natural environments over urban ones. This preference has influenced theories like Biophilia to explain why nature is beneficial. While both adults and children show cognitive and affective benefits after nature exposure, it is unknown whether children demonstrate nature preferences. In the current study...
The relationship between greenery and self-regulation of children: The mediation role of nature connectedness
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Publication date: October 2019Source: Journal of Environmental Psychology, Volume 65Author(s): Tugce Bakir-Demir, Sibel Kazak Berument, Basak Sahin-AcarAbstractThis study aimed to investigate the relationship between greenery around children's homes and their self-regulation skills through the mediator role of nature connectedness. The moderator role of perceptual sensitivity in the relationship between greenery and nature connectedness was also examined. Two hundred and ninety-nine children aged between 8 and 11 years old and their mothers participated in the study. The results indicated...