Psychology and Environmental Change
Psychology Press – 2002 – 336 pages
This book stimulates thinking on the topic of detrimental environmental change and how research psychologists can help to address the problem. In addition to reporting environmentally relevant psychological research, the author identifies the most pressing questions from an environmental point of view. Psychology and Environmental Change:
*focuses on ways in which human behavior contributes to the problem;
*deals with the assessment and change of attitudes and with studies of change of behavior;
*proposes ways in which psychological research can contribute to making technology and its products more environmentally benign; and
*introduces topics such as consumption, risk assessment, cost-benefit and tradeoff analyses, competition, negotiation, and policymaking, and how they relate to the objective of protecting the environment.
"…an innovative and scholarly book….Professors who are interested in developing a course linking psychology and environmental studies should carefully read this book."
—Journal of Mathematical Psychology
"…Nickerson has done a masterful job in collecting and summarizing research findings on a multitude of topics and issues where psychologists can make useful contributions to understanding environmental problems and preserving 'the kind of planet we want'."
—Human Ecology Review
"A very thorough treatise on the ways in which human behaviour impinges on the environment. This book shows the role that environmental psychology can play but without the necessary political monentum, understanding will not in itself be enough."
—The Scientific and Medical Network
"Overall this is an accomplished scholarly volume that will fill an important niche. Specifically, it reflects Nickerson's strength as one of the world's recognized experts in human factors engineering. It could provide a valuable resource as psychology defines its contribution to environmental issues."
—Baruch Fischhoff, Ph.D.
Carnegie Mellon University
Contents: Preface. Introduction. The Problem. Behavior as a Cause of Environmental Change. Attitude Assessment and Change. Changing Behavior. Technology Enhancement. Substituting Resource-Light for Resource-Heavy Technologies. Artifact Design and Evaluation. Consumption, Consumerism, and Environmental Economics. Risk and the Psychology of Prevention. Cost-Benefit and Tradeoff Analyses. Competition, Cooperation, Negotiation, and Policymaking. Concluding Comments.