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Can community energy initiatives motivate sustainable energy behaviours? The role of initiative involvement and personal pro-environmental motivation
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Publication date: Available online 22 June 2018 Source:Journal of Environmental Psychology Author(s): Daniel Sloot, Lise Jans, Linda Steg Community 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...
A laboratory study of the psychological impact of light pollution in National Parks
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Publication date: Available online 22 June 2018 Source:Journal of Environmental Psychology Author(s): Jacob A. Benfield, Robert J. Nutt, B. Derrick Taff, Zach D. Miller, Heather Costigan, Peter Newman Light 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...
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: Available online 21 June 2018 Source:Journal of Environmental Psychology Author(s): Rebecca Walker Reczek, Remi Trudel, Katherine White In 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...
How teachers' attitudes on GMO relate to their environmental values
01. Juni 2018
Publication date: June 2018 Source:Journal of Environmental Psychology, Volume 57 Author(s): Jérémy Castéra, Pierre Clément, François Munoz, Franz X. Bogner We 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...
Differences in eye movements while viewing images with various levels of restorativeness
01. Juni 2018
Publication date: June 2018 Source:Journal of Environmental Psychology, Volume 57 Author(s): Marek Franěk, Denis Šefara, Jan Petružálek, Jiří Cabal, Karel Myška Previous 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...
The potential role of actively open-minded thinking in preventing motivated reasoning about controversial science
01. Juni 2018
Publication date: June 2018 Source:Journal of Environmental Psychology, Volume 57 Author(s): Neil Stenhouse, Teresa A. Myers, Emily K. Vraga, John E. Kotcher, Lindsey Beall, Edward W. Maibach
Positive effects of dancing in natural versus indoor settings: The mediating role of engagement in physical activity
01. Juni 2018
Publication date: June 2018 Source:Journal of Environmental Psychology, Volume 57 Author(s): Katarzyna Byrka, Natalia Ryczko Using 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...
Psychiatric ward design can reduce aggressive behavior
01. Juni 2018
Publication date: Available online 21 May 2018 Source:Journal of Environmental Psychology Author(s): Roger S. Ulrich, Lennart Bogren, Stuart K. Gardiner, Stefan Lundin
The impact of coffee-like scent on expectations and performance
01. Juni 2018
Publication date: Available online 23 April 2018 Source:Journal of Environmental Psychology Author(s): Adriana Madzharov, Ning Ye, Maureen Morrin, Lauren Block The 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...
Editorial Board
01. April 2018
Publication date: April 2018 Source:Journal of Environmental Psychology, Volume 56
Encouraging ecological behaviour through induced hypocrisy and inconsistency: A commentary
01. April 2018
Publication date: April 2018 Source:Journal of Environmental Psychology, Volume 56 Author(s): April L. McGrath A recent study established a connection between the experience of cognitive dissonance and participation in an ecological behaviour (Priolo et al., 2016), and indeed there is a record of empirical investigations examining cognitive dissonance as a behaviour change tool in an environmental context. Importantly, the practical implications regarding the use of dissonance as a behaviour change tool are overstated given the experimental procedure used in the study. Specifically...
Feel good, stay green: Positive affect promotes pro-environmental behaviors and mitigates compensatory “mental bookkeeping” effects
01. April 2018
Publication date: April 2018 Source:Journal of Environmental Psychology, Volume 56 Author(s): Gilles Chatelain, Stefanie Lena Hille, David Sander, Martin Patel, Ulf Joachim Jonas Hahnel, Tobias Brosch To counteract climate change people should adopt lifestyles consisting of numerous pro-environmental actions, across different domains, sustained over long time periods. Thus, it is important to understand how initial pro-environmental behaviors can impact the likelihood of subsequent behaviors. We tested the hypothesis that people use mental bookkeeping of past behaviors...
Demographic and community-level predictors of recycling behavior: A statewide, assessment
01. April 2018
Publication date: April 2018 Source:Journal of Environmental Psychology, Volume 56 Author(s): Jason D. Seacat, Nicholas Boileau Municipal solid waste (MSW) generation significantly outpaces growth in municipal recycling and this trend has substantial environmental, health and economic consequences. Several community and sociodemographic factors have been proposed to affect municipal recycling rates. Using a telephone and Internet-based assessment, we examined community-level recycling policies, practices and resources in 245 Massachusetts municipalities. We sought to determine...
The Pro-Environmental Behavior Task: A laboratory measure of actual pro-environmental behavior
01. April 2018
Publication date: April 2018 Source:Journal of Environmental Psychology, Volume 56 Author(s): Florian Lange, Alexander Steinke, Siegfried Dewitte To address the limitations of self-report measures, we developed the Pro-Environmental Behavior Task (PEBT) as a computerized paradigm for the assessment of actual pro-environmental behavior under controlled laboratory conditions. On each PEBT trial, participants can either choose the faster car option, which causes a series of lights to be illuminated, or they can save the associated energy by choosing the bicycle option at the expense...
Believing in climate change, but not behaving sustainably: Evidence from a one-year longitudinal study
01. April 2018
Publication date: April 2018 Source:Journal of Environmental Psychology, Volume 56 Author(s): Michael P. Hall, Neil A. Lewis, Phoebe C. Ellsworth We conducted a one-year longitudinal study in which 600 American adults regularly reported their climate change beliefs, pro-environmental behavior, and other climate-change related measures. Using latent class analyses, we uncovered three clusters of Americans with distinct climate belief trajectories: (1) the “Skeptical,” who believed least in climate change; (2) the “Cautiously Worried,” who had moderate beliefs in climate...
The impact of moving entities on wayfinding performance
01. April 2018
Publication date: April 2018 Source:Journal of Environmental Psychology, Volume 56 Author(s): Yingying Yang, Edward C. Merrill, Trent Robinson, Qi Wang Wayfinding requires monitoring movements in the environment, in addition to identifying stable landmarks. The current study investigated how moving entities impact wayfinding. Experiment 1 evaluated the effects of moving entities that were presented during the acquisition but not during retrieval. Experiment 2 examined the effect of presenting moving entities during retrieval that were not presented during initial learning...
Does the type of presentation medium impact assessments of the built environment? An examination of environmental usability ratings across three modes of presentation
01. April 2018
Publication date: April 2018 Source:Journal of Environmental Psychology, Volume 56 Author(s): Claudia Ziegler Acemyan, Philip Kortum A literature review confirms that evaluations of and responses to an environment are similar whether the presentation medium is the physical environment; a photograph of it; or a dynamic, virtual reality simulation. However, studies have not been conducted to determine if photorealistic renderings would receive similar assessments as a physical space or photograph. Accordingly, this work aimed to determine if prospective environmental usability...
Unbounded place meanings and embodied place identities for conservation volunteers in Scottsdale, Arizona
01. April 2018
Publication date: April 2018 Source:Journal of Environmental Psychology, Volume 56 Author(s): Ryan M. Bleam Following Williams' (2014) call for a more thoughtful approach to the study of place meaning, the present study employs a phenomenological research paradigm to elicit deeply personal meanings formed through conservation volunteerism. A photovoice protocol (n = 18) and life history interviews (n = 53) explore meaningful places for volunteer “stewards” in Scottsdale, Arizona's McDowell Sonoran Conservancy. Inductive thematic text analysis reveals how these volunteers...
Residential satisfaction in low-density Australian suburbs: The impact of social and physical context on neighbourhood contentment
01. April 2018
Publication date: April 2018 Source:Journal of Environmental Psychology, Volume 56 Author(s): Zainab Ibrahim Abass, Richard Tucker This paper asks whether physical built environment characteristics or social factors have the greatest impacts on residents’ satisfaction with low-density suburban neighbourhoods. Quantitative analyses of a survey of 247 residents living in three Australian suburbs was conducted to measure residential satisfaction. While the majority of research focuses only on one of three dimensions of residential satisfaction – satisfaction with dwelling or...
Benefits of quiet workspaces in open-plan offices – Evidence from two office relocations
01. April 2018
Publication date: April 2018 Source:Journal of Environmental Psychology, Volume 56 Author(s): Annu Haapakangas, Valtteri Hongisto, Johanna Varjo, Marjaana Lahtinen The problems of open-plan offices are widely known. However, the factors explaining these effects have received less attention. The aim of this study was to investigate the role of office distractions in the emergence of other problems, and to examine the benefits of quiet workspaces in open-plan offices. Two organizations moved from private offices to open-plan offices that differed in the number and variety of...