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Environmental Psychology: An Introduction

"Environmental Psychology: An Introduction" deals a research-based advent to the mental courting among people and their outfitted and ordinary environments and discusses how sustainable environments may be created to the advantage of either humans and nature Explores the environment's results on human wellness and behavior, components influencing environmental behaviour and methods of encouraging pro-environmental motion presents a state of the art review of contemporary advancements in environmental psychology, with an emphasis on sustainability as a unifying precept for concept, learn and interventions whereas focusing totally on Europe and North the USA, additionally discusses environmental psychology in non-Western and constructing international locations Responds to a starting to be curiosity within the contribution of environmental psychologists to realizing and fixing environmental difficulties and selling the results of environmental stipulations on healthiness.

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In contrast to what environmental economics suggests, people are sometimes highly reluctant to make tradeoffs among different values. For example, many think that it is morally wrong to sacrifice nature or endangered species for money. People think of such entities (such as human or animal life, nature, dignity) as absolute, not to be traded off for anything else, particularly not for economic values. g. Baron & Spranca, 1997; Tetlock, Kristel, Elson, Lerner, & Green, 2000). g. g. , 2000). tected or sacred values Morality and ethics Ethical or moral considerations also play an important role in risk evaluation (Böhm & Pfister, 2000; Pfister & Böhm, 2001).

G. earthquakes) are generally weaker than those to hazards that are caused by humans. 6 SUMMARY Examining how people perceive environmental hazards and technologies is crucial for understanding their reactions to particular risks. The aim of this chapter was to give an overview of prominent factors that are proposed in research and theory to 24 ENVIRONMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY: AN INTRODUCTION determine environmental risk perception. Of course, this list of factors is by no means exhaustive. While past research was dominated by cognitive approaches and the question of how risks are perceived, current views emphasise more the role of emotions in understanding risk perception.

Emotions not only affect risk perception, they also result as reactions to perceived risks (Böhm & Pfister, 2000; see also the distinction between consequentialist and deontological evaluations above). When people focus on the consequences of a hazard, they experience consequence-based emotions. g. g. sadness triggered by an experienced loss). When people focus on moral rightness, they experience ethicsbased emotions. These can be directed towards oneself (guilt when taking blame) or towards other people (outrage when blaming others).

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