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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...
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...
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...
Place and behavior: The role of accessibility
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Publication date: June 2019Source: Journal of Environmental Psychology, Volume 63Author(s): Dylan Bugden, Richard StedmanAbstractWe address the implications of a latent yet critical assumption in place research: that sense of place is chronically accessible in memory. It is presently assumed that sense of place is a consistently retrieved representation stored memory that is always at the “top of the mind”, with an automatic, inevitable, and robust effect on behavioral outcomes. This assumption is at odds with research in social psychology which asserts that most mental constructs are...
Assessing recreational values of a peri-urban nature park by synthesizing perceptions and preferences of trail users
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Publication date: June 2019Source: Journal of Environmental Psychology, Volume 63Author(s): Ivan Sever, Miroslav VerbičAbstractOutdoor recreation in natural areas generally contributes to physiological and psychological restoration, but the increasing popularity of urban green spaces raises concerns for the benefits they provide. To assess trail users' preferences for recreational conditions in a peri-urban nature park, a stated preference approach in the form of the discrete choice experiment was applied, and accompanied with a best-worst scaling experiment that assessed the perception...
Measuring pro-environmental behavior: Review and recommendations
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Publication date: June 2019Source: Journal of Environmental Psychology, Volume 63Author(s): Florian Lange, Siegfried DewitteAbstractAny scientific attempt to understand, predict, or promote pro-environmental behavior requires an adequate measurement tool for the assessment of pro-environmental behavior. The multidisciplinary interest in pro-environmental behavior has generated a large variety of such tools, ranging from domain-general and domain-specific self-report measures, field observations conducted with the help of informants, trained observers, or technical devices, to behavioral...
Media exposure and individuals’ emergency preparedness behaviors for coping with natural and human-made disasters
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Publication date: June 2019Source: Journal of Environmental Psychology, Volume 63Author(s): Yuxiang Hong, Jong-Suk Kim, Lihua XiongAbstractEmergency preparedness among individuals, families, and communities is essential to increase emergency management resilience. The present study aimed to analyze the role of media exposure in changing emergency preparedness behaviors for natural and human-made disasters. We checked the adequacy of measurements using confirmatory factor analysis and tested the hypotheses with hierarchical regression analysis based on 688 questionnaires in Hangzhou, China...
The role of environmental attitude in the efficacy of smart-meter-based feedback interventions
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Publication date: June 2019Source: Journal of Environmental Psychology, Volume 63Author(s): Laura Henn, Oliver Taube, Florian G. KaiserAbstractWhen implemented in the field, smart-meter-based feedback interventions typically lag behind the presumed energy-saving potential of the technology. As we and others argue, part of the problem is that such interventions do not work equally well for everyone. The significance of a feedback intervention for actual energy savings depends on the rigor with which people make use of smart-meter-based information. In a quasi-experiment (N = 186), we...
The cubicle deconstructed: Simple visual enclosure improves perseverance
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Publication date: June 2019Source: Journal of Environmental Psychology, Volume 63Author(s): Adam C. Roberts, Hui Shan Yap, Kian Woon Kwok, Josip Car, Chee-Kiong Soh, George I. ChristopoulosAbstractThe design of an office can affect productivity and work performance. Though social distraction (acoustic and visual distractions from other co-workers) certainly impacts performance, the effects of the spatial characteristics of the office environment per se are less known. We tested visual enclosure by simply adding a cubicle partition around a desk, and show in two studies that even this minor...
Perceived temperature modulates peripersonal and interpersonal spaces differently in men and women
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Publication date: June 2019Source: Journal of Environmental Psychology, Volume 63Author(s): Gennaro Ruggiero, Mariachiara Rapuano, Tina IachiniAbstractPrevious studies have shown a reciprocal influence between social proximity and temperature perceptions. However, it is unclear whether warmth/coldness can directly influence the spatial distance regulation to others. Recent evidence has shown that peripersonal-space for action and interpersonal-space for social interaction are similarly modulated by approach/avoidance functions between people. Therefore, we investigated whether perceived...
A comparison of nature and urban environments on creative thinking across different levels of reality
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Publication date: June 2019Source: Journal of Environmental Psychology, Volume 63Author(s): Adam Palanica, Aleksandra Lyons, Madeline Cooper, Andrew Lee, Yan FossatAbstractPrevious research has demonstrated that exposure to nature environments, as opposed to urban environments, can help restore depleted cognitive resources and reduce emotional and physiological stress. The present research examined the restorative properties of nature on creativity, and also whether this effect was moderated across different levels of reality and psychological immersion of the environment, using...
Place attachment and identification as predictors of expected landscape restorativeness
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Publication date: June 2019Source: Journal of Environmental Psychology, Volume 63Author(s): Laura Menatti, Mikel Subiza-Pérez, Arturo Villalpando-Flores, Laura Vozmediano, César San JuanAbstractThis study explores the roles of place attachment and place identification in the evaluation of the restorative potential of landscapes. Two hundred university students recruited at campuses in the Basque Country (Spain) and Chile evaluated the restorative value of a set of landscape photographs including local and non-local locations. The results indicated that local natural landscapes were...
Exploring the role of normative, financial and environmental information in promoting uptake of energy efficient technologies
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Publication date: June 2019Source: Journal of Environmental Psychology, Volume 63Author(s): By Rebecca Hafner, David Elmes, Daniel Read, Mathew P. WhiteAbstractThe potential of normative and feedback (financial vs. environmental) information in guiding pro-environmental decision-making behaviour was explored in a 2 × 2 (plus control) choice experiment. Using the context of home heating, 599 non-student participants from the UK general public were asked to choose between a standard heating system (a gas boiler) and a relatively more-energy efficient option (a heat pump). In line with...
Local norms and moving intentions: The mediating role of neighborhood satisfaction
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Publication date: June 2019Source: Journal of Environmental Psychology, Volume 63Author(s): Jasper Van Assche, Tessa Haesevoets, Arne RoetsAbstractPrevious research has shown that neighborhood (dis)satisfaction is an important determinant for individuals' moving intentions. Attempts by policy makers to boost neighborhood satisfaction, and hence reduce the exodus of people out of particular neighborhoods, have often involved physical interventions and development projects, such as new parks or infrastructure. In the present study, however, we consider this issue from a “communitarian...
Developing and validating the Dragons of Inaction Psychological Barriers (DIPB) scale
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Publication date: June 2019Source: Journal of Environmental Psychology, Volume 63Author(s): Karine Lacroix, Robert Gifford, Angel ChenAbstractThe Dragons of Inaction Psychological Barrier (DIPB) scale, a measure of psychological barriers, was developed and validated in three studies across six environmental domains: food choices, transportation, energy use, water use, purchasing, and waste. A preliminary 65-item version was created based on past studies. In Study 1, it was examined using a large sample with exploratory factor analysis; five factors emerged. In Study 2, using a different...
How does the neighborhood inform activism? Civic engagement in urban transformation
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Publication date: June 2019Source: Journal of Environmental Psychology, Volume 63Author(s): Qiang Fu