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Journal of Environmental Psychology

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Hype and hope? Mind-body practice predicts pro-environmental engagement through global identity
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...
“We will change whether we want it or not”: Soil erosion in Maasai land as a social dilemma and a challenge to community resilience
Publication date: December 2019Source: Journal of Environmental Psychology, Volume 66Author(s): Anna Rabinovich, Claire Kelly, Geoff Wilson, Mona Nasseri, Issakwisa Ngondya, Aloyce Patrick, William H. Blake, Kelvin Mtei, Linus Munishi, Patrick NdakidemiAbstractSoil erosion is a major environmental challenge that undermines economic development in many regions of the world. While much previous work explored physical processes behind this problem, less attention has been paid to social, cultural, and psychological parameters that make a significant impact on soil erosion through the land use...
The role of social identification for achieving an open-defecation free environment: A cluster-randomized, controlled trial of Community-Led Total Sanitation in Ghana
Publication date: December 2019Source: Journal of Environmental Psychology, Volume 66Author(s): Miriam Harter, Nadja Contzen, Jennifer InauenAbstractUnsafe sanitation practices are a major source of environmental pollution and are a leading cause of death in countries of the Global South. One of the most successful campaigns to eradicate open defecation is “Community-Led Total Sanitation” (CLTS). It aims at shifting social norms towards safe sanitation practices. However, the effectiveness of CLTS is heterogeneous. Based on social identity theory, we expect CLTS to be most effective in...
The sun is no fun without rain: Physical environments affect how we feel about yellow across 55 countries
Publication date: December 2019Source: Journal of Environmental Psychology, Volume 66Author(s): Domicele Jonauskaite, Ahmed M. Abdel-Khalek, Ahmad Abu-Akel, Abdulrahman Saud Al-Rasheed, Jean-Philippe Antonietti, Árni Gunnar Ásgeirsson, Kokou Amenyona Atitsogbe, Marodégueba Barma, Daniel Barratt, Victoria Bogushevskaya, Maliha Khadidja Bouayed Meziane, Amer Chamseddine, Thammanard Charernboom, Eka Chkonia, Teofil Ciobanu, Violeta Corona, Allison Creed, Nele Dael, Hassan Daouk, Nevena DimitrovaAbstractAcross cultures, people associate colours with emotions. Here, we test the hypothesis...
The perception of crop protection: Explicit vs. implicit association of the public and in agriculture
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...
How often does random assignment fail? Estimates and recommendations
Publication date: December 2019Source: Journal of Environmental Psychology, Volume 66Author(s): Matthew H. GoldbergAbstractA fundamental goal of the scientific process is to make causal inferences. Random assignment to experimental conditions has been taken to be a gold-standard technique for establishing causality. Despite this, it is unclear how often random assignment fails to eliminate non-trivial differences between experimental conditions. Further, it is unknown to what extent larger sample sizes mitigates this issue. Chance differences between experimental conditions may be...
Your neighbourhood is not a circle, and you are not its centre
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...
Fourth graders’ connectedness to nature - Does cultural background matter?
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...
How transport modes, the built and natural environments, and activities influence mood: A GPS smartphone app study
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...
Untangling the components of hope: Increasing pathways (not agency) explains the success of an intervention that increases educators’ climate change discussions
Publication date: December 2019Source: Journal of Environmental Psychology, Volume 66Author(s): Nathaniel Geiger, Karen Gasper, Janet K. Swim, John FraserAbstractPrevious research suggests that many who are concerned about climate change self-silence on the topic; failing to engage in regular discussion about climate change despite their desires to do so. This research examines how a communication training program for environmental educators working at aquariums, zoos, and national parks might boost this population's willingness to discuss climate change with visitors via increasing hope...
Impact of built environment design on emotion measured via neurophysiological correlates and subjective indicators: A systematic review
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
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
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...
Beliefs about whose beliefs? Second-order beliefs and support for China's coal-to-gas policy
Publication date: December 2019Source: Journal of Environmental Psychology, Volume 66Author(s): Jonathon P. Schuldt, Y. Connie Yuan, Yunya Song, Kai LiuAbstractRecent studies reveal that beliefs about others' beliefs, or “second-order” beliefs, play a larger role in environmental public opinion than previously recognized. However, questions remain regarding which second-order beliefs should be most predictive, and under what conditions. We explored these questions within the context of China's coal-to-gas policy—a recent national energy conversion that has created economic challenges...
The advantage of globally visible landmarks for spatial learning
Publication date: Available online 7 November 2019Source: Journal of Environmental PsychologyAuthor(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...
Examining connection to nature and mindfulness at promoting psychological well-being
Publication date: Available online 4 November 2019Source: Journal of Environmental PsychologyAuthor(s): Tuyen Huynh, Julia C. TorquatiAbstractThe purpose of this study was to examine how connection to nature and mindfulness independently and jointly relate to psychological well-being, specifically: (1) the mediating role of mindfulness on the association between connection to nature and psychological well-being; and (2) whether connection to nature and mindfulness moderate the association between perceived stress and psychological well-being. Participants (N = 360; 65.8% female...
Intentions, efficacy, and norms: The impact of different self-regulatory cues on reducing engine idling at long wait stops
Publication date: Available online 31 October 2019Source: Journal of Environmental PsychologyAuthor(s): Lynsey Mahmood, Dominic Abrams, Rose Meleady, Tim Hopthrow, Fanny Lalot, Hannah Swift, Julie Van de VyverAbstractIdling engines contribute significantly to air pollution and health problems. In a field study at a busy railway crossing we used the Theory of Planned Behavior to design persuasive messages to convince car drivers (N = 442) to turn off their engines during long wait stops. We compared the effects of three different messages (focusing on outcome efficacy, normative...
Pro-environmental behavior as a signal of cooperativeness: Evidence from a social dilemma experiment
Publication date: Available online 18 October 2019Source: Journal of Environmental PsychologyAuthor(s): Stepan Vesely, Christian A. Klöckner, Cameron BrickAbstractPro-environmental behavior has social signaling value. Previous research suggests that enacting pro-environmental behaviors can signal certain personal characteristics, such as social status and trustworthiness, to others. Using an incentivized experiment, we show that people known to behave pro-environmentally are expected to be more cooperative, are preferred as cooperation partners, and elicit more cooperation from others...
When do values promote pro-environmental behaviors? Multilevel evidence on the self-expression hypothesis
Publication date: Available online 10 October 2019Source: Journal of Environmental PsychologyAuthor(s): Hoi-Wing ChanAbstractResearch has suggested that values favoring the interest of the collective over that of the individual promote pro-environmental behaviors. However, it is also well-documented that people do not always act according to their values; the strength of the association between values and behaviors depends on sociocultural contexts. The present investigation examines under what sociocultural contexts the association between self-transcendence values/self-enhancement values...
Assessing psychological adaptation during polar winter-overs: The isolated and confined environments questionnaire (ICE-Q)
Publication date: October 2019Source: Journal of Environmental Psychology, Volume 65Author(s): Michel Nicolas, Guillaume Martinent, Peter Suedfeld, Marvin GaudinoAbstractStressors in Isolated, Confined, Extreme environments (ICE environments) pose important challenges to psychological adaptation, whose assessment is therefore an important research issue. This article describes a standardized instrument, the ICE-Q, to help evaluate individual differences in adaptation to ICE environments.Several groups (n = 140), each spending one year in sub-Antarctic or Antarctic stations, completed a...