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Environmental Psychology: An Introduction

Environmental Psychology: An Introduction

Linda Steg (Editor), Agnes E. van den Berg (Editor), Judith I. M. de Groot (Editor)

ISBN: 978-0-470-97638-8

Apr 2012, Wiley-Blackwell

398 pages

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$55.95

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Environmental Psychology: An Introduction offers a research-based introduction to the psychological relationship between humans and their built and natural environments and discusses how sustainable environments can be created to the benefit of both people and nature

  • Explores the environment's effects on human wellbeing and behaviour, factors influencing environmental behaviour and ways of encouraging pro-environmental action
  • Provides a state-of-the-art overview of recent developments in environmental psychology, with an emphasis on sustainability as a unifying principle for theory, research and interventions
  • While focusing primarily on Europe and North America, also discusses environmental psychology in non-Western and developing countries
  • Responds to a growing interest in the contribution of environmental psychologists to understanding and solving environmental problems and promoting the effects of environmental conditions on health and wellbeing

 

1 Environmental psychology: History, scope and methods 1

PART I ENVIRONMENTAL INFLUENCES ON HUMAN BEHAVIOUR AND WELL-BEING 13

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

PART II FACTORS INFLUENCING ENVIRONMENTAL BEHAVIOUR 129

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

PART III ENCOURAGING PRO-ENVIRONMENTAL BEHAVIOUR 221

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

“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)