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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
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.
Table of Contents
Environmental psychology: History, scope and methods
Environmental Influences On Human Behaviour And Well-Being
Environmental risk perception
Scenic beauty: Visual landscape assessment and human landscape perception
Health benefits of nature
Ambivalence towards nature and natural landscapes
Human dimensions of wildlife
Appraisals of built environments and approaches to building design that promote well-being and healthy behaviour
Urban environmental quality
Environment and quality of life
How cues in the environment affect normative behaviour
Factors Influencing Environmental Behaviour
Measuring environmental behaviour
Values and pro-environmental behaviour
Social norms and pro-environmental behaviour
Affective and symbolic aspects of environmental behaviour
Social dilemmas: Motivational, individual and structural aspects influencing cooperation
Models to explain environmental behaviour
Yesterday's habits preventing change for tomorrow? The influence of automaticity on environmental behaviour
Environmental psychology in Latin America
Encouraging Pro-Environmental Behaviour
Informational strategies to promote pro-environmental behaviour: Changing knowledge, awareness and attitudes
Encouraging pro-environmental behaviour with rewards and penalties
Persuasive technology to promote pro-environmental behaviour
Acceptability of environmental policies
Processes of change
Simulating social environmental systems
Environmental issues in developing countries
Conclusion: Summary, trends and future perspectives in environmental psychology
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