Environment and Behavior (ENVIRON BEHAV )

Publisher: SAGE Publications


Environment and Behavior reports rigorous experimental and theoretical work on the study, design and control of the physical environment and its interaction with human behavioural systems.

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  • Website
    Environment and Behavior website
  • Other titles
    Environment and behavior, EB. Environment and behavior, Environment & behavior
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    Periodical, Internet resource
  • Document type
    Journal / Magazine / Newspaper, Internet Resource

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SAGE Publications

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Publications in this journal

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    ABSTRACT: Sedentary lifestyle is blamed as a leading cause for the continuous rise in death rates due to non-communicable diseases (WHO, 2010) such as obesity, type II diabetes, hypertension and heart disease. The promotion of a more active lifestyle has recently tended to focus on small measures taken in daily life, such as walking, bicycling and climbing stairs. Urban environments are increasingly in multiple levels, potentially offering more opportunities for stair climbing in particular as part of daily routines. Efforts at promoting stair climbing have focused on motivational campaigns with some success as discussed below. Limited attention has been paid to the location of pedestrian facilities or their design as factors in increased stair climbing. Substantial variability in stair climbing rates across facilities, environments, cities and cultures suggests that the location of stair, escalator and elevator facilities offer a largely untapped opportunity to increase the active transport option.
    Environment and Behavior 12/2014;
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    ABSTRACT: http://eab.sagepub.com/content/early/2014/09/24/0013916514551048
    Environment and Behavior 09/2014;
  • Environment and Behavior 07/2014; 46: 768.
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    ABSTRACT: Strategies to promote environmentally friendly behavior among consumers require an understanding of how such behaviors are interrelated. We examined 29 different environmentally significant behaviors, using data from surveys in Germany (n = 967) and in Norway (n = 880). A priori models derived from previous research assuming either environmental behavior as a single factor or as organized by behavioral sectors, degrees of constraint, or frequencies of occurrence did not fit the data. In contrast, a model developed via a bottom-up approach with the German data was supported by the independent, Norwegian sample. This model can integrate several theoretical perspectives and suggests three distinct behavioral fields, with little or no correlation: home-based actions, car use, and air travel for vacation. The factor home-based actions encompasses several behaviors and correlates with the New Ecological Paradigm scale but also with a measure of impression management. Implications for understanding and influencing environmentally significant behaviors are discussed. Published online prior to print http://eab.sagepub.com/content/early/2014/02/26/0013916514525038.abstract
    Environment and Behavior 02/2014;
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    ABSTRACT: Place and community attachment, community satisfaction, and environmental attitudes have all been independently linked to environmental behaviors. However, few efforts have attempted to determine the relationship between these factors, and together, how they relate to pro-environmental behaviors. Moreover, few studies have analyzed these concepts and relationships in the context of rural and low amenity settings. This study integrates these factors in a conceptual framework and examines them in the context of rural, low amenity communities. Based on the analysis of data from a survey of residents in six small, rural communities in Kansas and Iowa (N = 1,088), we find that environmental attitudes and place attachment are the strongest predictors of self-reported pro-environmental behaviors, while community satisfaction—including satisfaction with services and satisfaction with community leadership—is not a significant predictor. Recommendations for future research following the theoretical approach used in the study are presented.
    Environment and Behavior 02/2014;
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    ABSTRACT: Previous research has not addressed the possibility that people may face conflicting norms of pro-environmental behavior from their multiple in-groups. Across two studies, the authors test competing hypotheses: People may be demotivated by norm conflict, or conversely, norm conflict may motivate people to action. The results of both studies suggest a clearly motivating effect of conflict. Norm conflict was associated with decreased water usage (i.e., increased water conservation) in Study 1, and increased pro-environmental behavior intentions in Study 2. The effects of conflict were partially mediated by perceived effectiveness in Study 2. Although these initial findings indicate that conflict motivates rather than hinders behavioral engagement, future research should investigate whether the nature of the influence of norm conflict depends on factors such as issue importance.
    Environment and Behavior 02/2014; 46(2):139-162.
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    ABSTRACT: In the interdisciplinary context of the Swiss National Research Project eMotion – mapping museum experience, an integrative methodology for visitor research was developed. The goal was to investigate aesthetic experiences in the environment of a fine-arts museum. The methodology and technical setup merged different data levels (movement tracking data, heart rate and skin conductance, sociological variables, emotional and aesthetic evaluations of specific artworks) into one integrated dataset. The merging was achieved online with high spatial and temporal resolution, using data gloves and a wireless network. This dataset was used to generate information cartographies of visitors, visualizing their spatial behavior and physiological responses in the environment. In a field study with 576 museum visitors, the methodology was successfully implemented. The validity of cartographies was supported by significant associations between physiology and aesthetic evaluations; participants reported little reactivity towards the technical equipment. This methodology appears feasible for environmental behavior research in general.
    Environment and Behavior 01/2014; 46(1):102-135.
  • Environment and Behavior 01/2014; 46:24-45.
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    ABSTRACT: To what extent do cereal spokes-characters make eye contact with children versus adults, and does their eye contact influence choice? The shelf placement and eye positioning of 86 cereal spokes-characters were evaluated in ten grocery stores in the Eastern United States. In Study 1, we calculated the average height of cereal boxes on the shelf for adult- versus children-oriented cereals (48 versus 23-in.) and the inflection angle of spokes-characters’ gaze (0.4 versus -9.6 degrees). We found that cereal characters on children- (adult-) oriented cereals make incidental eye contact at children’s (adults’) eye level. In Study 2, we showed that eye contact with cereal spokes-characters increased feelings of trust and connection to the brand, as well as choice of the brand over competitors. Currently, many of the cereals targeted towards children are of the heavily sugared, less healthy variety. One potential application of this finding would be to use eye contact with spokes-characters to promote healthy choices and healthier food consumption.
    Environment and Behavior 01/2014;