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The effect of images on community engagement with sustainable stormwater management: The role of integral disgust and sadness
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Publication date: Available online 16 August 2018Source: Journal of Environmental PsychologyAuthor(s): Tracy Schultz, Kelly Fielding, Fiona Newton, Winnifred LouisAbstractDrawing on the Appraisal-Tendency Framework of emotion we tested a conditional pathway model across two experiments with community members (N = 235 and N = 388) using pro-environmental messages that included images eliciting either disgust or sadness. We tested the effects of images on message engagement (i.e., attitudes, knowledge, and behavioural-intention) via depth of processing and whether strength of...
Letter to the Editor about Pereira, Andresen & Mota (2016) “A temporal and spatial analysis of homicides”
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Publication date: Available online 16 August 2018Source: Journal of Environmental PsychologyAuthor(s): Andrés Fandiño-Losada
Children's response to “ecofriendly” labelling: The role of self-concept clarity
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Publication date: August 2018Source: Journal of Environmental Psychology, Volume 58Author(s): Karine Charry, Béatrice ParguelAbstractResearch on adults has examined the effectiveness of social labelling on influencing consumption, especially ecofriendly consumption, and has proposed a self-concept-based mechanism to explain the effectiveness. Surprisingly, however, despite the growth in children's consumption autonomy at an earlier age and their influence on other family members and peers, social labelling effectiveness has scarcely been investigated among children. In addition...
Perceived neighborhood disorder and quality of life: The role of the human-place bond, social interactions, and out-group blaming
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Publication date: August 2018Source: Journal of Environmental Psychology, Volume 58Author(s): Michał Jaśkiewicz, Ewa Wiwatowska
How anonymity and norms influence costly support for environmental causes
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Publication date: August 2018Source: Journal of Environmental Psychology, Volume 58Author(s): Stepan Vesely, Christian A. KlöcknerAbstractSocial norms are a key driver of pro-environmental action, but their influence may vary by context. An important contextual factor is behavior observability. We employ a laboratory quasi-experiment studying donations to environmental organizations under different levels of donor anonymity and under different levels of injunctive social norms. Decision observability amplifies the effect of norms: donations are 84% higher when observability is added to...
A picture paints a thousand words: The influence of taking selfies on place identification
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Publication date: August 2018Source: Journal of Environmental Psychology, Volume 58Author(s): Barbara Stiglbauer, Silvana WeberAbstractSelfies are omnipresent, yet quantitative research on the topic is sparse. Selfies are a form of self-expression; but selfie-taking also shapes the selfie-taker's self. We argue that taking selfies in a place strengthens selfie-takers’ identification with that place. In three experimental studies (two-group post-test comparison design), the control group took pictures of a place (Studies 1 & 2: university; Study 3: city), whereas the experimental group...
Explicit (but not implicit) environmentalist identity predicts pro-environmental behavior and policy preferences
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Publication date: August 2018Source: Journal of Environmental Psychology, Volume 58Author(s): Cameron Brick, Calvin K. LaiAbstractAwareness of environmental problems has increased dramatically over recent decades, but individual action to address environmental issues has remained stagnant. Shifting social identities may be an under-appreciated explanation of this gap: identification with environmentalists in the U.S. dropped from 78% to 42% since 1991. In four pre-registered studies of U.S. residents (total N = 2,033), we explored the predictors and outcomes of environmentalist...
Affective evaluation of the luminous environment in university classrooms
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Publication date: August 2018Source: Journal of Environmental Psychology, Volume 58Author(s): Nuria Castilla, Carmen Llinares, Fabio Bisegna, Vicente Blanca-GiménezAbstractUniversities worldwide are adopting new teaching methods and using new educational technologies. This progress requires changes in their physical environment, especially in the case of lighting, which is regarded as fundamental because of its recognised effect on the learning process. Different light levels are needed for new classroom tasks.The aim of the present paper is to analyse the affective impressions of...
Mapping sweetness preference across the lifespan for culturally different societies
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Publication date: August 2018Source: Journal of Environmental Psychology, Volume 58Author(s): Robert Pellegrino, Agnieszka Sorokowska, Michalina Marczak, Agnieszka Niemczyk, Marina Butovskaya, Tomas Huanca, Piotr SorokowskiAbstractThe preference of sweetened foods can be influenced by a variety of biological, psychological, sociological, and environmental factors. In this study, we focused on differences across three distinct societies: 1) a modern society (i.e., Polish people, n = 199), 2) forager-horticulturalists from Amazon/Bolivia (Tsimane', n = 138), and 3) traditional...
Office versus leisure environments: Effects of surroundings on concentration
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Publication date: August 2018Source: Journal of Environmental Psychology, Volume 58Author(s): Carolin P. Burmeister, Johannes Moskaliuk, Ulrike CressAbstractMobile workers perform tasks that require high concentration not only in their traditional office but also within environments that are typically related to leisure (e.g., in a park or in the living room). Because research has shown that surroundings affect cognitive processing, we assume that concentration is different in office versus in leisure environments. We hypothesize that a typical office activates an associated (work-related...
Unsustainable, unhealthy, or disgusting? Comparing different persuasive messages against meat consumption
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Publication date: August 2018Source: Journal of Environmental Psychology, Volume 58Author(s): Gonzalo Palomo-Vélez, Joshua M. Tybur, Mark van VugtAbstractExcessive meat consumption is associated with a range of environmental problems. In this investigation, we examined the effectiveness of three types of persuasive messages posited to affect attitudes toward meat consumption. The first two messages contained health and environment-related appeals (e.g., the moral consequences of environmental degradation and animal welfare), which are commonly used in campaigns aimed at meat reduction. A...
How does the design of waste disposal signage influence waste disposal behavior?
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Publication date: Available online 30 July 2018Source: Journal of Environmental PsychologyAuthor(s): W.-L. Wu David, Peter J. Lenkic, Alessandra DiGiacomo, Peter Cech, Jiaying Zhao, Alan KingstoneAbstractDespite the ubiquity of waste disposal in urban environments, there is little standardization of receptacle or signage design within and across jurisdictions. In three experiments, we explored the impact of waste disposal signage design on disposal behavior. Specifically, we were interested in two primary questions in signage design: 1) what type of waste disposal information should be...
Demonstrating the effect of exposure to nature on happy facial expressions via Flickr data: Advantages of non-intrusive social network data analyses and geoinformatics methodologies
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Publication date: Available online 26 July 2018Source: Journal of Environmental PsychologyAuthor(s): Tal Svoray, Michael Dorman, Golan Shahar, Itai KloogAbstractAlthough the role of exposure to nature (ETN) in improving well-being was previously demonstrated, most of the existing research is derived from self-report measures. Conversely, geoinformatics methodologies are seldom used. To address this gap, we examined the prevalence of happy facial expressions (HFE) in natural settings such as water bodies, green vegetation, and undeveloped areas. We applied a novel, spatio-temporal analysis...
Disarming darkness: Effects of ambient lighting on approach motivation and state anger among people with varying trait anger
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Publication date: Available online 25 July 2018Source: Journal of Environmental PsychologyAuthor(s): Lotte Veenstra, Sander L. KooleAbstractThe present research examined the influence of ambient lighting on approach-oriented motivation and emotions. Because darkness is associated with inactivity, the authors hypothesized that dark (vs. bright) environments would lower approach motivation. Consistent with this, in Experiment 1 (N = 80) participants reported less approach motivation in a dark (vs. bright) room. In Experiment 2 (N = 112), state anger –an approach-oriented...
Increasing collaborative, pro-environmental activism: The roles of Motivational Interviewing, self-determined motivation, and self-efficacy
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Publication date: Available online 28 June 2018Source: Journal of Environmental PsychologyAuthor(s): Sofia Tagkaloglou, Tim KasserAbstractWe investigated factors that promote successfully pursuing collaborative activist pro-environmental goals. Undergraduate students were randomly assigned to undergo a single session of Motivational Interviewing or a directive, control intervention; immediately afterwards, they set two collaborative, activist pro-environmental goals and rated how self-determined and self-efficacious they felt about those goals. Approximately 7 weeks later, they reported...
Editorial Board
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Differences in eye movements while viewing images with various levels of restorativeness
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Publication date: June 2018Source: Journal of Environmental Psychology, Volume 57Author(s): Marek Franěk, Denis Šefara, Jan Petružálek, Jiří Cabal, Karel MyškaAbstractPrevious studies have suggested that analysis of eye movements can provide new insights into the research of features of restorative environments in terms of the Attention Restoration Theory. Humans prefer images of nature over urban scenes, and eye-movement behavior seems be different across these categories. To enhance these findings, we investigated differences in eye movements while viewing nature scenes versus two...
Focusing on the forest or the trees: How abstract versus concrete construal level predicts responses to eco-friendly products
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Publication date: June 2018Source: Journal of Environmental Psychology, Volume 57Author(s): Rebecca Walker Reczek, Remi Trudel, Katherine WhiteAbstractIn this research, we propose that, by their very nature, issues linked to environmental sustainability feel psychologically distant to people. Because of this, the mindset that an individual holds can predict reactions to eco-friendly products. Across five experiments, the authors demonstrate that construing information at an abstract (vs. concrete) level is associated with more positive reactions to eco-friendly products. This differential...
Increasing the regular use of safe water kiosk through collective psychological ownership: A mediation analysis
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Publication date: June 2018Source: Journal of Environmental Psychology, Volume 57Author(s): Nadja Contzen, Sara J. MarksAbstractUnsafe water consumption is the environmental risk factor in sub-Saharan Africa contributing most to premature death. In urban slums and dispersed rural communities, where access to safe water is especially limited, water kiosks are a relevant safe water source. However, irregular use challenges their operational viability and may cause discontinuation. The present study investigated collective psychological ownership for the kiosk as a potential factor to...
Low Carbon Readiness Index: A short measure to predict private low carbon behaviour
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Publication date: June 2018Source: Journal of Environmental Psychology, Volume 57Author(s): Léan V. O'Brien, Julia Meis, Rebekah C. Anderson, Stephanie M. Rizio, Michael Ambrose, Gordana Bruce, Christine R. Critchley, Paul Dudgeon, Peter Newton, Garry Robins, Yoshihisa KashimaAbstractThis paper presents a theoretical argument that low carbon strivings – personal goals to reduce carbon footprint in the household – can predict a wide range of diverse behaviours to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and reports four studies to validate Low Carbon Readiness Index (LCRI), a short, three-item...