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Journal of Environmental Psychology

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Climate change is the world's greatest threat – In Celsius or Fahrenheit?
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Publication date: December 2018Source: Journal of Environmental Psychology, Volume 60Author(s): Eugene Y. ChanAbstractIn two experiments, participants who were told that the Earth's average temperature was −24 °C thought that it was more important to limit climate change than those who were told that it was −16 °C. However, participants who were told that the average temperature was −11 °F thought it was less important to reduce the carbon footprint than those who were told that it was 3 °F. The findings contradict each other since −24 °C is the same as −11 °F...
Gender, genes, and the stress-buffering benefits of “home”: Evidence from two national U.S. studies
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Publication date: December 2018Source: Journal of Environmental Psychology, Volume 60Author(s): C. Dale Morrison, Michael J. Poulin, E. Alison HolmanAbstractPeople often perceive that their homes provide refuge from stress, but some homes may provide more stress-buffering resources than others. In particular, single-family homes may provide greater resources, such as status or defensible territory, compared to multi-family homes. Given historical links among gender, home-based status, and territory defense, these benefits may affect men more than women. Data from two national, longitudinal...
“Like a ball and chain”: Altering locomotion effort perception distorts spatial representations
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Publication date: December 2018Source: Journal of Environmental Psychology, Volume 60Author(s): Simon Lhuillier, Valérie Gyselinck, Léo Dutriaux, Elise Grison, Serge NicolasAbstractThis study aimed at demonstrating the role of sensorimotor information through the influence of walking effort perception on the process of route planning for navigation. Participants were asked to walk wearing weighted or non-weighted ankle belts prior to learning virtual environments. They then had to plan routes between landmarks and to estimate travel times and distances for each route. Results newly...
Herbicide resistant weeds as place disruption: Their impact on farmers' attachment, interpretations, and weed management strategies
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Publication date: December 2018Source: Journal of Environmental Psychology, Volume 60Author(s): Katherine Dentzman
Prospective “warm-glow” of reducing meat consumption in China: Emotional associations with intentions for meat consumption curtailment and consumption of meat substitutes
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Publication date: December 2018Source: Journal of Environmental Psychology, Volume 60Author(s): Danny TaufikAbstractConsumers' food choices strongly affect the environment, particularly as a result of the production and consumption of meat. From an environmental standpoint, it is important to gain a better understanding of how consumers can be motivated to eat less meat, particularly in non-Western countries where few studies on this topic have been conducted. The current study was conducted in China, where the level of meat consumption has increased rapidly. The findings indicate that...
How virtual nature experiences can promote pro-environmental behavior
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Publication date: December 2018Source: Journal of Environmental Psychology, Volume 60Author(s): Sina A. Klein, Benjamin E. HilbigAbstractLow rates of pro-environmental behavior (PEB) in the population have been explained by the declining frequency of experiences in nature due to urbanization and digitalization. Previous research investigated whether increasing salience of nature through virtual nature experiences is suitable to foster PEB, however, the evidence is not fully conclusive. Therefore, we investigated the effects of virtually increased salience of different concepts on behavior...
Disarming darkness: Effects of ambient lighting on approach motivation and state anger among people with varying trait anger
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Publication date: December 2018Source: Journal of Environmental Psychology, Volume 60Author(s): Lotte Veenstra, Sander L. KooleAbstractThe present research examined the influence of ambient lighting on approach-oriented motivation and emotion. Because darkness is associated with inactivity, the authors hypothesized that dark (vs. bright) environments would lower approach motivation. Consistent with this, participants in Experiment 1 (N = 80) reported less approach motivation in a dark (vs. bright) room. In Experiment 2 (N = 112), state anger –an approach-oriented emotion-was reduced...
Pro-environmental spillover under environmental appeals and monetary incentives: Evidence from an intervention study on household waste separation
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Publication date: December 2018Source: Journal of Environmental Psychology, Volume 60Author(s): Lin Xu, Xiaoling Zhang, Maoliang LingAbstractThis intervention study examined (1) the influence of household waste separation on other pro-environmental behaviors (behavioral spillover), (2) possible psychological mechanisms involved in such spillover, and (3) if the two waste separation interventions (environmental appeals vs. monetary incentives) differed in shaping spillover. Results showed that both strategies increased waste sorting behavior, which positively spilled over to other...
The restorative environmental sounds perceived by children
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Publication date: December 2018Source: Journal of Environmental Psychology, Volume 60Author(s): Shan Shu, Hui MaAbstractPrevious studies have reported the perceived restorative potential of environmental sounds, but have mainly focused on the perceptions of adults. This study aimed to investigate the restorative environmental sounds based on children's perceptions. In the present experiment, children aged 8–12 (N = 36) were exposed to 32 audio-visual stimuli (2 visual × 16 sound stimuli), the perceived restorativeness of which was assessed using the Perceived Restorative Sounds...
Using gaze behavior to gain insights into the impacts of naturalness on city dwellers' perceptions and valuation of a landscape
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Publication date: December 2018Source: Journal of Environmental Psychology, Volume 60Author(s): Marylise Cottet, Lise Vaudor, Hervé Tronchère, Dad Roux-Michollet, Marie Augendre, Vincent BraultAbstractLandscape composition is known to influence how natural scenes are perceived and valuated. Updating the traditional methodologies in this field might produce new insights. We used in situ captured data (eye-tracking data acquired with a mobile device) to study the influences of landscape composition on the landscape perceptions and valuations of city dwellers.Our goal was to compare the...
Would it be better to not talk about climate change? The impact of climate change and air pollution frames on support for regulating power plant emissions
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Publication date: December 2018Source: Journal of Environmental Psychology, Volume 60Author(s): P. Sol Hart, Lauren FeldmanAbstractThis study examined how utilizing different frames to contextualize negative impacts of power plant emissions influenced belief in those impacts and support for policies to regulate emissions. Using a U.S. national YouGov sample (n = 1000), we examined how discussing emissions in terms of climate change or air pollution, and in terms of health or environmental impacts, influenced individuals with different partisan affiliations. The analysis utilized a...
Linking green micro-breaks with mood and performance: Mediating roles of coherence and effort
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Publication date: December 2018Source: Journal of Environmental Psychology, Volume 60Author(s): Kate E. Lee, Leisa D. Sargent, Nicholas S.G. Williams, Kathryn J.H. Williams
The existential approach to place: Consequences for emotional experience
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Publication date: Available online 3 November 2018Source: Journal of Environmental PsychologyAuthor(s): Isaac F. Young, Daniel Sullivan, Sheridan Stewart, Roman PalitskyAbstractFew theories and little empirical work has examined specific relationships between kinds of environmental experience and emotional tendencies. We present an existential approach to place that integrates the theories of phenomenological geographers – Edward Relph (1976) and David – with those of holistic psychologists – Otto and Andras . This synthesis suggests that: (1) people vary in their dispositional sense...
Changes in visual interaction: Viewing a Japanese garden directly, through glass or as a projected image
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Publication date: Available online 27 October 2018Source: Journal of Environmental PsychologyAuthor(s): Minkai Sun, Karl Herrup, Bertram Shi, Yutaka Hamano, Concong Liu, Seiko GotoAbstractThis is a pilot study that examines how a person's gaze responds during the observation of a Japanese garden. Thirty-four participants were asked to viewed the same garden in three different ways: directly, through a pane of glass, or as a projected slide. We tracked their eye-movement during the first minutes of observation to observe different gaze strategies used in the different modalities of viewing...
Emotionality in isolated, confined and extreme (ICE) environments: Content analysis of diaries of Antarctic Winteroverers
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Publication date: Available online 15 October 2018Source: Journal of Environmental PsychologyAuthor(s): Bea Ehmann, Anna Altbäcker, László Balázs
Judging the environmental impact of green consumption: Evidence of quantity insensitivity
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Publication date: Available online 13 October 2018Source: Journal of Environmental PsychologyAuthor(s): Byungdoo Kim, Jonathon P. SchuldtAbstractAs consumers strive to reduce their environmental impact, it is important to understand how people perceive the environmental impact of consumption choices. Prior research reveals that “green” (eco-friendly) labels can bias judgments, as when a conventional plus a green product is perceived as less environmentally impactful than the conventional product alone (the “negative footprint illusion”). We ask a related question: are people less...
Perceptions of scientific consensus predict later beliefs about the reality of climate change using cross-lagged panel analysis: A response to Kerr and Wilson (2018)
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Publication date: Available online 6 October 2018Source: Journal of Environmental PsychologyAuthor(s): Sander van der Linden, Anthony Leiserowitz, Edward Maibach
Green, greener, greenest: Can competition increase sustainable behavior?
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Publication date: October 2018Source: Journal of Environmental Psychology, Volume 59Author(s): Femke van Horen, Arianne van der Wal, Amir GrinsteinAbstractToday's world is confronted with alarming environmental problems and it becomes increasingly important to enhance people's sustainable behavior. It is therefore key for companies and policy makers to motivate sustainable behavior among both those who are naturally concerned about the welfare of others and are already more likely to be environmentally conscious (“pro-socials”) and those who are generally less motivated to act...
Responding to nature: Natural environments improve parent-child communication
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Publication date: October 2018Source: Journal of Environmental Psychology, Volume 59Author(s): Thea Cameron-Faulkner, Joanna Melville, Merideth GattisAbstractNumerous studies have demonstrated that natural environments have a profound effect on a range of human behaviours and states, but most of those studies have examined how natural environments affect individuals rather than interactions. We examined whether natural environments affect communication between parents and their 3- to 4-year-old children. Using a novel experimental design, we show that parent-child communication is more...
Environmental trait affect
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Publication date: October 2018Source: Journal of Environmental Psychology, Volume 59Author(s): Ulf J.J. Hahnel, Tobias BroschAbstractWe address the need for a more systematic and comprehensive investigation of affect and emotion in the environmental domain and introduce the Environmental Trait Affect Questionnaire (ETA-Q), an instrument assessing an individual's disposition to experience affect in several types of environmentally relevant situations. Across five studies (Ntotal = 9064), we confirm that individual differences in Environmental Trait Affect can reliably be described using...