Environmental Psychology. An Introduction

  • ID: 2249857
  • Book
  • 398 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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Whether made up of concrete skyscrapers or ancient redwoods, the environment influences people′s lives in many ways; reciprocally, this environment is in many ways a product of human activity. The most up–to–date introductory textbook on its subject,Environmental Psychology: An Introduction provides a valuable overview of the interplay between humans and their varied environments. A response to the growing interest in environmental psychology as a way to promote sustainable environments, this text incorporates the work of over fifty well–known scholars to examine this increasingly important area.

Environmental Psychology addresses questions of how environments affect humans, what motivates people to act pro–environmentally, and how humans can be encouraged to establish and maintain a sustainable environment. The book discusses both environmental factors that threaten and promote human wellbeing, and elaborates on a wide range of factors influencing actions that affect environmental conditions, including contextual factors, motivational factors and habits. Furthermore, the book demonstrates ways to encourage pro–environmental behaviour including information strategies, incentives and persuasive technology, and describes factors influencing the acceptability of environmental policies.

Environmental Psychology provides an international approach, including non–Western and developing countries, and offers comprehensive reviews of key research lines in environmental psychology.

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1 Environmental psychology: History, scope and methods 1


2 Environmental risk perception 15

3 Environmental stress 27

4 Scenic beauty: Visual landscape assessment and human landscape perception 37

5 Health benefits of nature 47

6 Restorative environments 57

7 Ambivalence towards nature and natural landscapes 67

8 Human dimensions of wildlife 77

9 Appraisals of built environments and approaches to building design that promote well–being and healthy behaviour 87

10 Urban environmental quality 97

11 Environment and quality of life 107

12 How cues in the environment affect normative behaviour 119


13 Measuring environmental behaviour 131

14 Values and pro–environmental behaviour 141

15 Social norms and pro–environmental behaviour 153

16 Affective and symbolic aspects of environmental behaviour 165

17 Social dilemmas: Motivational, individual and structural aspects influencing cooperation 175

18 Models to explain environmental behaviour 185

19 Yesterday′s habits preventing change for tomorrow? The influence of automaticity on environmental behaviour 197

20 Environmental psychology in Latin America 211


21 Informational strategies to promote pro–environmental behaviour: Changing knowledge, awareness and attitudes 223

22 Encouraging pro–environmental behaviour with rewards and penalties 233

23 Persuasive technology to promote pro–environmental behaviour 243

24 Acceptability of environmental policies 255

25 Processes of change 267

26 Simulating social environmental systems 281

27 Environmental issues in developing countries 293

28 Conclusion: Summary, trends and future perspectives in environmental psychology 303

References 315

Glossary 355

Index 371

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“This book is an interesting change from the usual run of introductions to environmental psychology.  It deals interesting and thoroughly with a wide range of issues, and generally the many authors present their views and accounts of research in a clear and easy–to–follow manner.”  (Psychology Learning & Teaching, 1 November 2013)

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