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How to reduce red and processed meat consumption by daily text messages targeting environment or health benefits
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Publication date: October 2019Source: Journal of Environmental Psychology, Volume 65Author(s): V. Carfora, P. Catellani, D. Caso, M. ConnerAbstractThe current study tested the impact of different messaging interventions on changing attitude and behaviour in relation to Red and Processed Meat Consumption (RPMC). The study compared the effectiveness of receiving fourteen daily messages on the health, environment, or health + environment benefits of reduced RPMC, against a no message control condition. All three intervention conditions also received daily reminders of the goal regarding...
The effect of crowdedness on human wayfinding and locomotion in a multi-level virtual shopping mall
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Publication date: October 2019Source: Journal of Environmental Psychology, Volume 65Author(s): Hengshan Li, Tyler Thrash, Christoph Hölscher, Victor R. SchinaziAbstractThis study investigates how social and physical environments affect human wayfinding and locomotion behaviors in a virtual multi-level shopping mall. Participants were asked to locate a store inside the virtual building as efficiently as possible. We examined the effects of crowdedness, start floor, and trial number on wayfinding strategies, initial route choices, and locomotion behaviors. The results showed that...
On the essentialism of places: Between conservative and progressive meanings
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Publication date: October 2019Source: Journal of Environmental Psychology, Volume 65Author(s): Maria Lewicka, Kamil Rowiński, Bartłomiej Iwańczak, Bibianna Bałaj, Agnieszka Maria Kula, Tomasz Oleksy, Monika Prusik, Sabina Toruńczyk-Ruiz, Anna WnukAbstractPsychological essentialism is a widely studied concept within the social sciences, including the field of psychology. However, this concept has not been empirically explored when applied to perception of places. In this paper, we show that the essentialism vs. anti-essentialism philosophical controversy underlies the discussion...
Building attachments to places of settlement: A holistic approach to refugee wellbeing in Nelson, Aotearoa New Zealand
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Publication date: October 2019Source: Journal of Environmental Psychology, Volume 65Author(s): Amber KaleAbstractImportant people-place relationships are often severed during forced displacement, leading many refugees to feel a sense of loss, grief, and disorientation which can negatively impact upon their wellbeing and hinder their resettlement in a new country. Whilst there is an extensive body of literature concerning the negative impact that displacement can have on the lives of individuals and diasporic communities, there has been much less focus on how former refugees might cope with...
Cognitive complexity increases climate change belief
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Publication date: October 2019Source: Journal of Environmental Psychology, Volume 65Author(s): Long Chen, Kerrie UnsworthAbstractThe present research bridged the relationship between cognitive complexity and belief in anthropogenic climate change and tested the differential effectiveness of two argument types. In the first two studies (with 817 and 226 participants, respectively) we found that participants with lower levels of cognitive complexity were less likely to believe in anthropogenic climate change than those with higher levels. In Study 3 we used an experimental design with 304...
Assessing psychological adaptation during polar winter-overs: The isolated and confined environments questionnaire (ICE-Q)
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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...
Brain activity, underlying mood and the environment: A systematic review
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Publication date: October 2019Source: Journal of Environmental Psychology, Volume 65Author(s): Michael Francis Norwood, Ali Lakhani, Annick Maujean, Heidi Zeeman, Olivia Creux, Elizabeth KendallAbstractThis review explores how different environments affect brain activity and associated mood response. MEDLINE, CINAHL, Web of Science, PsychInfo and EMBASE were searched for peer-reviewed literature published prior to February 2019. 26 sources were included and divided into either a laboratory (n = 17) or naturalistic (n = 9) design. Most (n = 16) compared natural environments...
When good intentions go bad: The biased perception of the environmental impact of a behavior due to reliance on an actor's behavioral intention
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Publication date: August 2019Source: Journal of Environmental Psychology, Volume 64Author(s): Gea Hoogendoorn, Bernadette Sütterlin, Michael SiegristAbstractPeople engage in pro-environmental behaviors for various reasons. Depending on the intention underlying their behavior, they are perceived differently by others. Thus, the question arises whether the reason why a person performs a behavior not only influences how observers perceive that person, but also how observers evaluate the environmental impact of that person's behavior. We conducted two experiments, in which participants (i.e...
A natural meditation setting improves compliance with mindfulness training
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Publication date: August 2019Source: Journal of Environmental Psychology, Volume 64Author(s): Freddie Lymeus, Per Lindberg, Terry HartigAbstractThe setting matters in meditation, but most research has neglected it. Many mindfulness-based health interventions emphasize effortful attention training exercises in sparsely furnished indoor settings. However, many beginners with attention regulation problems struggle with the exercises and drop out. In contrast, restoration skills training (ReST) – a five-week course set in a garden environment – builds on mindfulness practices adapted to...
A meta-analysis of factors related to recycling
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Publication date: August 2019Source: Journal of Environmental Psychology, Volume 64Author(s): Josefine L. Geiger, Linda Steg, Ellen van der Werff, A. Berfu ÜnalAbstractThe current meta-analysis aimed to identify the most important factors related to recycling across studies. A random-effects meta-analysis of studies on individual and household recycling (n = 91) revealed that both individual and contextual factors are related to recycling. Among individual factors, behaviour-specific factors (i.e., recycling self-identity, personal norms towards recycling, past recycling, and...
Office window views: View features trump nature in predicting employee well-being
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Publication date: August 2019Source: Journal of Environmental Psychology, Volume 64Author(s): Emmy van Esch, Robert Minjock, Stephen M. Colarelli, Steven HirschAbstractA growing number of organizations are re-designing workplaces to give employees greater exposure to natural views, which frequently improve well-being. But what is it about views of nature that produce these benefits? Is it the overall view or the particular features within a view? If it is features, what features have the greatest effects on well-being, and are these features particular to natural settings or might they...
Deceptive sustainability: Cognitive bias in people's judgment of the benefits of CO2 emission cuts
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Publication date: August 2019Source: Journal of Environmental Psychology, Volume 64Author(s): Mattias Holmgren, Alan Kabanshi, Linda Langeborg, Stephan Barthel, Johan Colding, Ola Eriksson, Patrik SörqvistAbstractPeople's beliefs in the actions necessary to reduce anthropogenic carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions are important to public policy acceptability. The current paper addressed beliefs concerning how periods of small emission cuts contribute to the total CO2 concentration in the atmosphere, by asking participants to rate the atmospheric CO2 concentration for various time periods and...
There's no place like home: The associations between residential attributes and family functioning
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Publication date: August 2019Source: Journal of Environmental Psychology, Volume 64Author(s): Carly M. Thornock, Larry J. Nelson, Chris L. Porter, Cortney A. Evans-StoutAbstractThe purpose of this study was to examine the ways in which actual (e.g., density) and perceived (e.g., crowding and distance) elements of the spatial home environment act as predictors of family functioning. Data were gathered from 164 families whose child was attending a university's preschool/kindergarten facility in a mid-sized community in the Western United States. Structural equation modeling (SEM, AMOS 19.0...
Predicting consumers’ adoption of electric vehicles during the city smog crisis: An application of the protective action decision model
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Publication date: August 2019Source: Journal of Environmental Psychology, Volume 64Author(s): Yang Liu, Zhe Ouyang, Peng ChengAbstractEncouraging citizens to adopt Electric Vehicles (EVs) is an effective approach to mitigate the city smog risk caused by motor vehicles. The protection action decision model (PADM) provides a valuable framework to explain adaptive risk behaviors, doing so by employing a wide set of predictors such as the protective action perception, risk perception, and stakeholder perception. In this study, data was collected via questionnaire from 482 participants drawn...
Modifying attitudes about modified foods: Increased knowledge leads to more positive attitudes
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Publication date: August 2019Source: Journal of Environmental Psychology, Volume 64Author(s): Jonathon McPhetres, Bastiaan T. Rutjens, Netta Weinstein, Jennifer A. BrissonAbstractGenetically modified (GM) foods are often met with harsh public opposition, though little research has attempted to understand why this is. The research that does exist has focused on identifying the role of immutable beliefs, such as morality and politics, which are difficult to change. Therefore, research may benefit from identifying mutable predictors of science rejection—predictors which can be modified...
GPS use negatively affects environmental learning through spatial transformation abilities
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Publication date: August 2019Source: Journal of Environmental Psychology, Volume 64Author(s): Ian T. Ruginski, Sarah H. Creem-Regehr, Jeanine K. Stefanucci, Elizabeth CashdanAbstractResearch has established that GPS use negatively affects environmental learning and navigation in laboratory studies. Furthermore, the ability to mentally rotate objects and imagine locations from other perspectives (both known as spatial transformations) is positively related to environmental learning. Using previously validated spatial transformation and environmental learning tasks, the current study...
The role of normative prompts and norm support cues in promoting light-switching behavior: A field study
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Publication date: August 2019Source: Journal of Environmental Psychology, Volume 64Author(s): Krzysztof J. Leoniak, Wojciech CwalinaAbstractPositive descriptive norm cues, as well as injunctive norm messages, can enhance the occurrence of turning off the lights in unoccupied rooms. However, the impact of descriptive norm messages as well as the role of congruent or conflicting normative cues have not yet been verified in this particular context. Two field experiments compared the effectiveness of three experimental prompts (injunctive norm vs. descriptive norm vs. request only) on...
Do people who feel connected to nature do more to protect it? A meta-analysis
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Publication date: Available online 11 July 2019Source: Journal of Environmental PsychologyAuthor(s): Caroline M.L. Mackay, Michael T. SchmittAbstractUsing meta-analysis, we examined whether there is evidence consistent with the idea that a subjective sense of “connection to nature” promotes pro-environmental behaviour (PEB; Mayer & Frantz, 2004; Nisbet, Zelenski, & Murphy, 2009). Analysis of correlational data (k = 75) provided compelling evidence for a strong and robust association between nature connection and PEB (r = .37). Nature connection was positively associated with...
Beyond nature: The roles of visual appeal and individual differences in perceived restorative potential
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Publication date: Available online 8 July 2019Source: Journal of Environmental PsychologyAuthor(s): Elyssa Twedt, Reuben M. Rainey, Dennis R. ProffittAbstractNatural environments are typically judged to be more restorative than built environments in terms of fostering recovery from stress or buffering against resource depletion. But this comparison tends to be categorical – nature versus built environments – and consequently, questions remain regarding the restorative potential of environments that do not fit into these categories. Furthermore, individual differences in evaluations of...
Testosterone, facial and vocal masculinization and low environmentalism in men
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Publication date: Available online 18 May 2019Source: Journal of Environmental PsychologyAuthor(s): Nicholas Landry, Jessica E. Desrochers, Carolyn Hodges-Simeon, Steven ArnockyAbstractRobust sex differences in environmentalism have been observed, such that males express fewer pro-environmental attitudes than their female counterparts. To date, most explanations of this sex difference have relied upon socio-cultural and psychological explanations. The present study sought to extend this inquiry by examining the role of testosterone (T), its interaction with cortisol (C), as well as...