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Children's response to “ecofriendly” labelling: The role of self-concept clarity
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...
Does red light induce people to be riskier? Exploring the colored light effect on the Balloon Analogue Risk Task (BART)
Publication date: Available online 6 July 2018Source: Journal of Environmental PsychologyAuthor(s): Tianxin Mao, Jian Yang, Taotao Ru, Qingwei Chen, Juyan Zhou, Haoyue Shi, Guofu ZhouAbstractRisk-taking is behavior influenced by various factors. However, whether red light induces riskier decisions than other lights do is still inconclusive. In this study, a 2 × 2 mixed design (N = 59) was applied to investigate the effects of colored light (red light vs. blue light) on the Balloon Analogue Risk Task (BART), sleepiness, and mood between sexes. The results showed that (1) neither a...
Increasing collaborative, pro-environmental activism: The roles of motivational interviewing, self-determined motivation, and self-efficacy
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...
Can community energy initiatives motivate sustainable energy behaviours? The role of initiative involvement and personal pro-environmental motivation
Publication date: Available online 22 June 2018Source: Journal of Environmental PsychologyAuthor(s): Daniel Sloot, Lise Jans, Linda StegAbstractCommunity energy initiatives aim to promote sustainable energy behaviours. Personal pro-environmental motivation may influence involvement in these initiatives as well as sustainable energy behaviours. This raises the question whether initiative involvement is uniquely associated with sustainable energy behaviours when accounting for personal pro-environmental motivation. A large-scale questionnaire study among members and non-members of 29...
Focusing on the forest or the trees: How abstract versus concrete construal level predicts responses to eco-friendly products
Publication date: Available online 21 June 2018Source: Journal of Environmental PsychologyAuthor(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...
Positive effects of dancing in natural versus indoor settings: The mediating role of engagement in physical activity
Publication date: June 2018Source: Journal of Environmental Psychology, Volume 57Author(s): Katarzyna Byrka, Natalia RyczkoAbstractUsing different environments, we tested how engagement in dancing may lead to positive emotions. We also explored the mechanism responsible for the effect natural environments have on emotions by testing the mediational role of objective engagement in physical activity. Regular dancers (N = 64) participated in a salsa-solo session either in an indoor (dance room) or an outdoor (park) condition. We assessed positive exercise-related emotions and perceived...
The potential role of actively open-minded thinking in preventing motivated reasoning about controversial science
Publication date: June 2018Source: Journal of Environmental Psychology, Volume 57Author(s): Neil Stenhouse, Teresa A. Myers, Emily K. Vraga, John E. Kotcher, Lindsey Beall, Edward W. MaibachAbstractIdeologically motivated rejection of scientific evidence can be harmful to individuals and society, especially regarding consequential issues like climate change. A growing base of evidence suggests a cognitive style known as Actively Open-Minded Thinking (AOT) may reduce ideological rejection of scientific findings. In this article, we test the association between AOT and Americans' beliefs...
A laboratory study of the psychological impact of light pollution in national parks
Publication date: June 2018Source: Journal of Environmental Psychology, Volume 57Author(s): Jacob A. Benfield, Robert J. Nutt, B. Derrick Taff, Zachary D. Miller, Heather Costigan, Peter NewmanAbstractLight pollution is ubiquitous in much of the developed and developing world, including rural and wilderness areas. Other sources of pollution, such as noise or motorized vehicle emissions, are known to impact the perceived quality of natural settings as well as the psychological well-being and satisfaction of visitors to those locations, but the effects of light pollution on visitors to...
How teachers' attitudes on GMO relate to their environmental values
Publication date: June 2018Source: Journal of Environmental Psychology, Volume 57Author(s): Jérémy Castéra, Pierre Clément, François Munoz, Franz X. BognerAbstractWe investigated how teachers’ attitudes on GMO in 30 countries relate to two Major Environmental values of Preservation and Utilization. Participating teachers (N = 10651) filled in a questionnaire including items on Preservation- and Utilization-related values (Major Environmental Values, 2-MEV model), and on attitudes to GMO. We analyzed the responses using Exploratory Factor Analysis, and investigated the structure...
Differences in eye movements while viewing images with various levels of restorativeness
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...
Psychiatric ward design can reduce aggressive behavior
Publication date: June 2018Source: Journal of Environmental Psychology, Volume 57Author(s): Roger S. Ulrich, Lennart Bogren, Stuart K. Gardiner, Stefan LundinAbstractThe article describes a conceptual model proposing that aggression in psychiatric facilities may be reduced by designing the physical environment with ten evidence-grounded stress-reducing features. The model was tested in a newer hospital in Sweden having wards with nine of the ten features. Data on two clinical markers of aggressive behavior, compulsory injections and physical restraints, were compared with data from an...
Increasing the regular use of safe water kiosk through collective psychological ownership: A mediation analysis
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
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...
The impact of coffee-like scent on expectations and performance
Publication date: Available online 23 April 2018Source: Journal of Environmental PsychologyAuthor(s): Adriana Madzharov, Ning Ye, Maureen Morrin, Lauren BlockAbstractThe present research explores the effect of an ambient coffee-like scent (versus no scent) on expectations regarding performance on an analytical reasoning task as well as on actual performance. We show that people in a coffee-scented (versus unscented) environment perform better on an analytical reasoning task due to heightened performance expectations (Study 1). We further show that people expect that being in a...