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The advantage of globally visible landmarks for spatial learning
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Publication date: February 2020Source: Journal of Environmental Psychology, Volume 67Author(s): Sascha Credé, Tyler Thrash, Christoph Hölscher, Sara Irina FabrikantAbstractDespite much recent interest, it is unclear which types of landmarks are best suited for survey knowledge acquisition. Thus, we investigated the accuracy of survey knowledge after the learning of sequentially visible (local) landmarks and simultaneously visible (global) landmarks from a first-person perspective during navigation through a virtual city. We also assessed systematically the role of working memory during...
Effects of competence- and integrity-based trust on public acceptability of renewable energy projects in China and the Netherlands
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Publication date: February 2020Source: Journal of Environmental Psychology, Volume 67Author(s): Lu Liu, Thijs Bouman, Goda Perlaviciute, Linda StegAbstractAcceptability of renewable energy projects depends on the trust people have in agents responsible for those projects. Two dimensions of trust are relevant in this respect: competence-based and integrity-based trust. Yet, the unique and interaction effects of these two dimensions of trust on project acceptability are not well understood. We conducted two experimental studies to test these effects in China and the Netherlands. As expected...
Environmental self-regulation in favourite places of Finnish and Hungarian adults
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Publication date: February 2020Source: Journal of Environmental Psychology, Volume 67Author(s): K. Korpela, M. Korhonen, T. Nummi, T. Martos, V. SallayAbstractThe aim of the study was to investigate the benefits of favourite physical places for well-being based on the idea of environmental self-regulation. It proposes that everyday favourite places are used as a “coping mechanism” to enhance subjective well-being through reflection, emotion regulation and withdrawal. We investigated the connection between reasons for visiting the favourite place, consequent experiences and perceived...
Psychological benefits of a biodiversity-focussed outdoor learning program for primary school children
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Publication date: February 2020Source: Journal of Environmental Psychology, Volume 67Author(s): Deborah J. Harvey, Louise N. Montgomery, Hannah Harvey, Felix Hall, Alan C. Gange, Dawn WatlingAbstractThis investigation sought to discover whether engaging school children (aged 8–11) with nature could produce sustained improvements in mood and wellbeing in the long-term. We designed a program of biodiversity-focused activities carried out over one academic year in the school grounds. Participation in this program produced significant improvements in children's mood and wellbeing, which were...
Simulated natural environments bolster the effectiveness of a mindfulness programme: A comparison with a relaxation-based intervention
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Publication date: February 2020Source: Journal of Environmental Psychology, Volume 67Author(s): Eun Yeong Choe, Anna Jorgensen, David SheffieldAbstractThis study assesses the effectiveness of incorporating the beneficial effects of exposure to nature in a 3-week mindfulness programme. Participants (n = 122) were randomly assigned to one of two intervention groups (mindfulness, relaxation group) under different simulated environmental conditions (two natural, two non-natural environments) during an intervention lasting three weeks. The participants in the mindfulness group were asked to...
The role of phonological loop and visuospatial sketchpad in virtual maze wayfinding
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Publication date: February 2020Source: Journal of Environmental Psychology, Volume 67Author(s): Huicong Fang, Yanyan Hu, Linteng Yang, Yuan LiuAbstractThe role of phonological loop and visuospatial sketchpad in wayfinding was tested in a virtual maze employing dual-task paradigm through two experiments. Experiment 1 was designed to detect the effects of experimental conditions (control/phonological dual-task/visuospatial dual-task group) and gender on wayfinding performance. The results showed that it took more time in dual-task groups than the control group to complete the primary task...
Do spatial characteristics influence behavior and development in early childhood education and care?
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Publication date: February 2020Source: Journal of Environmental Psychology, Volume 67Author(s): Ine H. van Liempd, Ora Oudgenoeg – Paz, Paul P.M. LesemanAbstractThere is increasing awareness that the physical environment plays a critical role in young children's cognitive and social development, by offering opportunities for exploration and interaction. In this article a narrative review is presented of 19 studies, published between 1987 and 2017, into the relation between spatial characteristics of the indoor play environment of center-based early childhood care and education settings...
Knowledge of familiar environments: Assessing modalities and individual visuo-spatial factors
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Publication date: February 2020Source: Journal of Environmental Psychology, Volume 67Author(s): Veronica Muffato, Chiara MeneghettiAbstractFamiliarity enables us to form elaborate mental representations of environments, which are usually assessed with tasks that involve managing spatial information (such as pointing and locating landmarks). The present study also examines the role of familiarity using a “field” task that involved finding the shortest way to a destination, and the contribution of individual visuo-spatial factors (a set of abilities, preferences and strategies...
To veg or not to veg? The impact of framing on vegetarian food choice
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Publication date: Available online 24 January 2020Source: Journal of Environmental PsychologyAuthor(s): Dario Krpan, Nanne HoutsmaAbstractResearch suggests that consuming vegetarian foods is one of the key lifestyle changes that could reduce greenhouse gas emissions. However, transforming dietary habits to counter climate change has received little attention to date compared to other green behaviors. In three large pre-registered online studies conducted on 11,066 US participants, the present research tested whether reframing the name of the vegetarian food category impacts the choice of...
Nature contact, nature connectedness and associations with health, wellbeing and pro-environmental behaviours
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Publication date: Available online 18 January 2020Source: Journal of Environmental PsychologyAuthor(s): Leanne Martin, Mathew P. White, Anne Hunt, Miles Richardson, Sabine Pahl, Jim Burt
Reducing, and bridging, the psychological distance of climate change
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Publication date: Available online 15 January 2020Source: Journal of Environmental PsychologyAuthor(s): Laura S. Loy, Alexa SpenceAbstractScience communication aims to motivate action on climate change. We examined the usefulness of two related communication strategies: proximising climate change with news focussing on local impacts, and bridging psychological distance by raising the salience of people's global identity as part of humanity. We first examined the often implicitly assumed process underlying proximising, namely reducing the psychological socio-spatial distance of climate...
The bright and dark sides of length of residence in the neighbourhood: Consequences for local participation and openness to newcomers
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Publication date: Available online 14 December 2019Source: Journal of Environmental PsychologyAuthor(s): Sabina Toruńczyk-Ruiz, Borja Martinović
Corrigendum to “Threat, coping and flood prevention – A meta-analysis” [Journal of Environmental Psychology 54C (2017) 116–126]
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Publication date: Available online 5 December 2019Source: Journal of Environmental PsychologyAuthor(s): Sebastian Bamberg, Torsten Masson, Katrin Brewitt, Natascha Nemetschek
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...
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...
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...
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 perception of crop protection: Explicit vs. implicit association of the public and in agriculture
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Publication date: December 2019Source: Journal of Environmental Psychology, Volume 66Author(s): Ulf Römer, Henning Schaak, Oliver MußhoffAbstractIn the public discourse as well as in the agricultural sector itself, crop protection is a controversial discussion topic. So far, no study investigates the implicit association of crop protection methods. Therefore, this study aims to create a better understanding of the attitudes of both the public and agricultural sector by investigating implicit associations towards chemical, genetically modified, and mechanical crop protection. The implicit...
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...