Environmental Psychology

Environmental Psychology : An Introduction

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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
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Product details

  • Paperback | 398 pages
  • 191 x 243 x 20mm | 852g
  • Wiley-Blackwell
  • Hoboken, United States
  • English
  • 1. Auflage
  • 0470976381
  • 9780470976388
  • 266,428

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Whether made up of concrete skyscrapers or ancient redwoods, theenvironment influences people's lives in many ways; reciprocally, this environment is in many ways a product of human activity. Themost up-to-date introductory textbook on its subject, Environmental Psychology: An Introduction provides avaluable overview of the interplay between humans and their variedenvironments. A response to the growing interest in environmentalpsychology as a way to promote sustainable environments, this textincorporates the work of over fifty well-known scholars to examinethis increasingly important area.

Environmental Psychology addresses questions of howenvironments affect humans, what motivates people to actpro-environmentally, and how humans can be encouraged to establishand maintain a sustainable environment. The book discusses bothenvironmental factors that threaten and promote human wellbeing, and elaborates on a wide range of factors influencing actions thataffect environmental conditions, including contextual factors, motivational factors and habits. Furthermore, the book demonstratesways to encourage pro-environmental behaviour including informationstrategies, incentives and persuasive technology, and describesfactors influencing the acceptability of environmentalpolicies.

Environmental Psychology provides an internationalapproach, including non-Western and developing countries, andoffers comprehensive reviews of key research lines in environmentalpsychology.
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Table of contents

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
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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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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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About Linda Steg

Linda Steg is professor of Environmental Psychology at the University of Groningen in the Netherlands. She has written extensively on factors influencing environmental behaviour, effects and acceptability of environmental policies, and the impact of environmental conditions on quality of life. She is the current president of the Environmental Psychology Division at the International Association of Applied Psychology. Agnes E. Van den Berg is an environmental psychologist, specialising in research on people's responses to natural environments. She has published in both the academic and popular press on topics such as landscape preferences, health benefits of nature, children and nature and evidence-based design of healing environments. She has worked at Wageningen University and Research Centre in the Netherlands in a variety of roles for 15 years and has recently been appointed as a special professor of landscape perception at the University of Groningen, the Netherlands. Judith I. M. de Groot is a senior lecturer in Applied Psychology at Bournemouth University, UK. She received her PhD at the University of Groningen, the Netherlands. Her research interests include explaining and changing pro-environmental behaviours, with a focus on how values and norms affect pro-environmental behaviour.
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