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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...
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...
Cutting the forest down to save your face: Narcissistic national identification predicts support for anti-conservation policies
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Publication date: October 2018Source: Journal of Environmental Psychology, Volume 59Author(s): Aleksandra Cislak, Adrian Dominik Wojcik, Aleksandra CichockaAbstractPast work showed that strong national identification is negatively related to environmental protection. In this paper we aim to demonstrate that only some forms of national identity oppose environmental concerns. In three studies, we examined the association between support for anti-conservation policies and narcissistic versus conventional national in-group identification. Collective narcissism is a belief in in-group greatness...
I'm nice, therefore I go green: An investigation of pro-environmentalism in communal narcissists
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Publication date: October 2018Source: Journal of Environmental Psychology, Volume 59Author(s): Iman NaderiAbstractThis work investigates the role that communal narcissism plays in consumers' pro-environmental decisions. Five studies suggest that while communal narcissists claim that they are pro-environmental, their behaviors do not support such claims. The findings indicate that communal narcissists may see pro-environmental actions as communal means that could potentially serve their agentic, self-directed motives. However, when pro-environmental actions are expected to pose a threat to...
Who's at risk in the backcountry? Effects of individual characteristics on hypothetical terrain choices
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Publication date: October 2018Source: Journal of Environmental Psychology, Volume 59Author(s): Andrea Mannberg, Jordy Hendrikx, Markus Landrø, Martin Ahrland StefanAbstractWe use data from an online survey in Norway (N = 467, 73% male; age: M = 34, SD = 10.07) to analyze hypothetical choices in hazardous avalanche terrain. We further analyze differences in stated preference for and willingness to accept to ski relatively risky terrain. Our results suggest that risk attitudes and perception constitute important determinants for hypothetical terrain choices. We further find that...
Conceptualising creativity benefits of nature experience: Attention restoration and mind wandering as complementary processes
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Publication date: October 2018Source: Journal of Environmental Psychology, Volume 59Author(s): Kathryn J.H. Williams, Kate E. Lee, Terry Hartig, Leisa D. Sargent, Nicholas S.G. Williams, Katherine A. JohnsonAbstractAccumulating evidence indicates that time spent in natural environments promotes creativity, but few researchers have considered how this occurs. We evaluate two candidate mechanisms, attention restoration and mind wandering. We compare the accounts in terms of attentional focus, brain network activation, cognitive effects, and the temporal progression of these processes across...
The effect of images on community engagement with sustainable stormwater management: The role of integral disgust and sadness
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Publication date: October 2018Source: Journal of Environmental Psychology, Volume 59Author(s): Tracy Schultz, Kelly Fielding, Fiona Newton, Winnifred LouisAbstractDrawing on the Appraisal-Tendency Framework of emotion we tested a conditional pathway model across two experiments with community members (N = 235 and N = 388) using pro-environmental messages that included images eliciting either disgust or sadness. We tested the effects of images on message engagement (i.e., attitudes, knowledge, and behavioural-intention) via depth of processing and whether strength of environmental...
The impact of moral identity on consumers’ green consumption tendency: The role of perceived responsibility for environmental damage
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Publication date: October 2018Source: Journal of Environmental Psychology, Volume 59Author(s): Bo Wu, Zhiyong YangAbstractIn this research, we examine the effects of moral identity on green consumption tendency and a key process underlying such effects. In five studies, we show that moral identity increases consumers’ tendency to choose green products or exert effort on green consumption. This is mainly due to feelings of responsibility for environmental damage. Consistent with the responsibility account, consumers whose moral identity is not activated are more likely to engage in green...
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...
Nature's broken path to restoration. A critical look at Attention Restoration Theory
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Publication date: October 2018Source: Journal of Environmental Psychology, Volume 59Author(s): Yannick Joye, Siegfried DewitteAbstractOver the past three decades, a growing body of environmental psychology research has demonstrated that interacting with natural environments – and especially greenspace – can have beneficial psychological effects on human individuals. One influential and widely-cited theoretical account to explain such effects is Attention Restoration Theory (ART). ART zooms in on the cognitive benefits nature can yield, and assumes that when an individual’s ability to...
Restoration, well-being, and everyday physical activity in indoor, built outdoor and natural outdoor settings
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Publication date: October 2018Source: Journal of Environmental Psychology, Volume 59Author(s): Tytti P. Pasanen, Ann Ojala, Liisa Tyrväinen, Kalevi M. KorpelaAbstractPhysical activity in natural settings has been found in experimental research to be more restorative than physical activity in built indoor or outdoor settings, yet we lack evidence of this in everyday life. In this study we examined recalled restoration (with the 9-item Restoration Outcome Scale) of the most recent physical activity session in indoor, built outdoor and natural outdoor settings using measurement invariance...
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: Available online 12 September 2018Source: Journal of Environmental PsychologyAuthor(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=1,000), 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...
Perceptions of scientific consensus do not predict later beliefs about the reality of climate change: A test of the gateway belief model using cross-lagged panel analysis
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Publication date: Available online 29 August 2018Source: Journal of Environmental PsychologyAuthor(s): John Richard Kerr, Marc Stewart WilsonAbstractThe gateway belief model posits that perceptions of scientific agreement play a causal role in shaping beliefs about the existence of anthropogenic climate change. However, experimental support for the model is mixed. The current study takes a longitudinal approach, examining the causal relationships between perceived consensus and beliefs. Perceptions of scientific consensus and personal beliefs about climate change were collected over a...
Letter to the Editor about Pereira, Andresen & Mota (2016) “A temporal and spatial analysis of homicides”
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Publication date: Available online 16 August 2018Source: Journal of Environmental PsychologyAuthor(s): Andrés Fandiño-Losada
Perceived neighborhood disorder and quality of life: The role of the human-place bond, social interactions, and out-group blaming
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Publication date: August 2018Source: Journal of Environmental Psychology, Volume 58Author(s): Michał Jaśkiewicz, Ewa WiwatowskaAbstractFour studies were carried out to examine how neighborhood disorder, human-place bonds, relationships among neighbors, and urban quality of life are related and what role blaming nonresidents plays in these relationships. In the first study, local identity was a significant mediator of the relationship between neighborhood disorder and quality of life. In the second study, we found that participants exposed to vignettes describing a disordered neighborhood...
Demonstrating the effect of exposure to nature on happy facial expressions via Flickr data: Advantages of non-intrusive social network data analyses and geoinformatics methodologies
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Publication date: August 2018Source: Journal of Environmental Psychology, Volume 58Author(s): Tal Svoray, Michael Dorman, Golan Shahar, Itai KloogAbstractAlthough the role of exposure to nature (ETN) in improving well-being was previously demonstrated, most of the existing research is derived from self-report measures. Conversely, geoinformatics methodologies are seldom used. To address this gap, we examined the prevalence of happy facial expressions (HFE) in natural settings such as water bodies, green vegetation, and undeveloped areas. We applied a novel, spatio-temporal analysis of...
Mapping sweetness preference across the lifespan for culturally different societies
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Publication date: August 2018Source: Journal of Environmental Psychology, Volume 58Author(s): Robert Pellegrino, Agnieszka Sorokowska, Michalina Marczak, Agnieszka Niemczyk, Marina Butovskaya, Tomas Huanca, Piotr SorokowskiAbstractThe preference of sweetened foods can be influenced by a variety of biological, psychological, sociological, and environmental factors. In this study, we focused on differences across three distinct societies: 1) a modern society (i.e., Polish people, n = 199), 2) forager-horticulturalists from Amazon/Bolivia (Tsimane', n = 138), and 3) traditional...
A picture paints a thousand words: The influence of taking selfies on place identification
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Publication date: August 2018Source: Journal of Environmental Psychology, Volume 58Author(s): Barbara Stiglbauer, Silvana WeberAbstractSelfies are omnipresent, yet quantitative research on the topic is sparse. Selfies are a form of self-expression; but selfie-taking also shapes the selfie-taker's self. We argue that taking selfies in a place strengthens selfie-takers’ identification with that place. In three experimental studies (two-group post-test comparison design), the control group took pictures of a place (Studies 1 & 2: university; Study 3: city), whereas the experimental group...
Increasing collaborative, pro-environmental activism: The roles of Motivational Interviewing, self-determined motivation, and self-efficacy
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Publication date: August 2018Source: Journal of Environmental Psychology, Volume 58Author(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 their...
How does the design of waste disposal signage influence waste disposal behavior?
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Publication date: August 2018Source: Journal of Environmental Psychology, Volume 58Author(s): David W.-L. Wu, Peter J. Lenkic, Alessandra DiGiacomo, Peter Cech, Jiaying Zhao, Alan KingstoneAbstractDespite the ubiquity of waste disposal in urban environments, there is little standardization of receptacle or signage design within and across jurisdictions. In three experiments, we explored the impact of waste disposal signage design on disposal behavior. Specifically, we were interested in two primary questions in signage design: 1) what type of waste disposal information should be presented...