Key Concepts On Global Warming

Artificial intelligence Associative networks Bounded rationality Confirmation bias Framing effects Garbage in, garbage out (GIGO wrong, limited, irrelevant information) Heuristics (affect, availability, representativeness) Indicator species Information processing models Neural networks Mental maps Mismatch hypothesis Pre-existing biases Proximal cognition Quantitative illiteracy Rational economic model Regression toward the mean Risk assessment Selective attention Sensory adaptation Subjective...

Risk Assessment Whose Quantification Problem Is It

We learned in the previous chapter that many environmental conditions threaten human health and well-being. How do we objectively evaluate the risks of such conditions Who is responsible for determining risk to the general public An important area where cognitive psychology has been applied to environmental problems is called risk assessment. In risk assessment, human health hazards associated with various substances and activities are evaluated and quantified. This section will summarize the...

Operant Conditioning

Although classical conditioning is relevant to current ecological issues, many Skinnerian analyses of operant principles have been applied directly (e.g., Nevin, 1985 Skinner, 1985, 1991). In fact, Skinner was one of the first psychologists to repeatedly relate the issues of resource depletion, pollution, and overpopulation to human survival. His best-selling novel Walden Two (1948) explored the question of utopia from a behavioral perspective, and is a thoughtful and provocative look at how...

Emotional Dimensions

The passion that human beings feel toward wildlife has been noted even in an environmental law textbook. Introducing a discussion of the Endangered Species Act, Rodgers (1994) noted that our relationship to wildlife taps the deepest wellsprings of human emotion and behavior. . It is a source of inspiration and art, recorded from the Paleolithic cave works to the contemporary cartoons of Gary Larson. It is the font and fodder of religion, as no one would doubt who has seen images of the spotted...

Practice Conscious Consumption

Voluntary simplicity implies the obvious principle of conscious consumption, for example, not only reducing how much we buy and consume, but choosing environmentally friendly products whenever we need to make purchases. Research shows that people who hold values in line with the New Ecological Paradigm (NEP) (discussed in chap. 3) practice ecologically conscious consumer behavior (Roberts & Bacon, 1997). Specifically, those who agree that the balance of nature is very delicate and easily...

Behavioral Self Control

More congruent with a behavioral viewpoint than manipulating economic regulations or group identity is to focus on behavioral engineering that takes place at the individual, rather than the governmental, level. How can we as individuals use behavioral principles to change our behavior Individual behavioral engineering can be implemented in three ways (a) modeling appropriate behaviors so that others can copy them, as in the shower study described earlier (b) intentionally reinforcing another...

Global Warming Key Concepts

Cognitive dissonance Dominant social paradigm Ecofeminism Environmental justice Factors influencing environmental concern age, education, gender, political affiliation, social class, urban vs. rural residence Foot-in-the-door technique Fundamental attribution error Gender differences in environmental concern Green consumerism Justice (distributive, environmental, procedural, scope of) Self-serving bias Social diffusion Voluntary simplicity Most thoughtful people agree that the world is in...

Green Consumerism

Consumerism Ecological Problem

In line with past research Mainieri, Barnett, Valdero, Unipan, amp Oskamp, 1997 , we define buying green as purchasing and consuming products that are benign toward the environment e.g., products with postconsumer recycled materials, with minimal or reusable packaging, and made from biodegradable ingredients . As one would expect, people who have stronger pro-environmental beliefs about the importance of buying green are more likely to buy products boasting environmental claims. Once again,...

Environmental Toxins as Stressors

Cartoonbank Hot Dogs

Toxic chemicals and their fumes are physical stressors, as they can directly cause symptoms such as hyperventilation, nausea and vomiting, and in severe poisoning cases, convulsions, unconsciousness, and death Nadakavukaren, 2000 Weiss, 1997 . Toxins Eire also considered environmental stressors, because they are present in environments where we live and work. Pollution, industrial chemicals, and consumer products are forms of environmental stressors. In fact, the medical profession adopted the...

The Computer Revolution

It is probably not overstating things to say that the creation of the computer revolutionized the field of cognitive psychology. Originating in military research and development, computers quickly emerged as a principal tool for processing information. By 1948, computers were compared to human brains in terms of their apparently similar operations Hunt, 1993 , and the metaphor of the brain as a computer had instant appeal. Both seem to depend on digital events the firing of a neuron and the...

The Role of Emotions in Our Judgment of Risk

Emotion, also known as affect, can contribute to the judgment of risk, primarily as it influences the availability of certain memories. We are more likely to recall emotionally charged events than more mundane ones. When a hazard evokes feelings of dread e.g., cancer , it will be perceived as posing a greater risk than less dreaded events, such as traffic accidents Slovic, Finucane, Peters, amp MacGregor, 2002 . Slovic and colleagues referred to this process as the affect heuristic, where...

Object Relations Theory ReExperiencing the Mother

Examining some of the features of object relations theory ORT will help us understand how our deepest attitudes toward the environment can be shaped by our earliest experiences with our caretaker. ORT helps us think about why some people care so passionately about the condition of our ecosystem, the well-being of other species, future generations, and other people in far-off lands, while other people seem to be oblivious. ORT explains how we come to experience our sense of self in relation to...

Who Cares About the Environment

It's worth noting that interest in environmental problems is not randomly distributed across the population. Demographic variables show predictable association with environmental concern. A few decades ago, environmental sociologists Van Liere and Dunlap 1980 showed that environmental concern is more prevalent among people with more education and in higher social classes. There are at least two possible explanations for a relation between class and attitude a Education could enhance...

Applying Gestalt Psychology

Why don't we see our embedded relationship with fellow human beings and the ecosystem more consistently One answer comes from Gestalt therapy, a form of group and individual psychotherapy that became popular in the 1970s and is still widely practiced in the United States and Britain today. Gestalt therapy was founded by Frederick Fritz Perls 1893-1970 Perls, 1969, 1971, 1978 , who was trained as a psychiatrist, and worked as a clinician. We can understand Perls' work as a synthesis of Gestalt...

Psychological Reactions Boomsters Versus Doomsters

Most people are familiar with the outlines to these problems, but reactions to confronting them are a psychological issue that is rarely addressed. As you read the previous material, did you feel some inkling of fear or despair Did you scan the material, thinking to yourself that you already knew it Did you find yourself growing irritated or frustrated Were you feeling overwhelmed Or did you wonder what any of this has to do with you These reactions are important because they mediate how we...