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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  • Material type
    Periodical, Internet resource
  • Document type
    Journal / Magazine / Newspaper, Internet Resource

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SAGE Publications

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    • Author can archive a pre-print version
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    • Author cannot archive a post-print version
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    • 12 months embargo
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    • On author website, repository and PubMed Central
    • On author's personal web site
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    • Post-print version with changes from referees comments can be used
    • "as published" final version with layout and copy-editing changes cannot be archived but can be used on secure institutional intranet
    • If funding agency rules apply, authors may use SAGE open to comply
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Publications in this journal

  • Environment and Behavior 07/2014; 46: 768.
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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: 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;
  • 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;
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    ABSTRACT: Using survey data, the authors developed an architecture of climate change beliefs in Norway and their correlation with support for policies aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions. A strong majority of respondents believe that anthropogenic climate change is occurring and identify carbon dioxide emissions as a cause. Regression analysis shows that respondents recognize the effectiveness of direct actions that require difficult trade-offs, such as imposing a carbon tax. Yet, their voting intentions suggest a preference for policies that have at best an indirect effect on reducing climate change. Most respondents favor policy options that are generally good for the environment and cause no personal hardship. The disconnection between perceptions about the effectiveness of direct actions and support for less effective mitigation approaches may reflect the respondents’ collective distancing from the problem of climate change. This could be an important consideration in the design of communication strategies that promote emission abatement policies.
    Environment and Behavior 11/2013; 45(8):935-970.
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    ABSTRACT: Although the determinants of trust in governments have received significant attention in the literature on political trust, there has been no attention paid to whether environmental concerns affect governmental trust. Yet, if individuals are worried about local and global environmental degradation, they may think that the government has failed in providing them with the best living conditions. Hence, it is plausible to expect local and global environmental concerns and trust in government to be inversely correlated. Using 2005 data from 24 countries, this hypothesis is tested against competing theories of civic participation, interpersonal trust, and economic considerations to explain individual trust in government. Multilevel models that specify the impact of individual- and national-level factors provide evidence that global environmental concerns do actually matter.
    Environment and Behavior 11/2013; 45(8):971-992.
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    ABSTRACT: Pedestrian navigation through public spaces reflects the nature of interaction between behavior and environment. This study compared pedestrian choice behavior at shopping mall intersections in China and the United States. The study found that in both countries (a) pedestrians chose movement patterns that involved the fewest steps and (b) there was no consistent right-turn bias (i.e., the majority of pedestrians did not turn right at the intersection). In addition, about two thirds of pedestrians walked on the right side in the United States and Mainland China samples, whereas only about one half walked on the right side in the Hong Kong sample suggesting that the English tradition of driving on the left side of the road in Hong Kong may have an influence on walking habits. Consistent with the value ratio (benefit/cost) concept proposed by Bitgood, people minimize the “cost” of their movements by choosing an option involving fewer steps. This behavior pattern (taking the most efficient route) appears to be cross-cultural at least for pedestrians in the United States, Chinese, and Czech–Slovak shopping malls. Finally, a “right-turn bias” (if it occurs at all) does not appear to be a relevant factor when there is a different “cost” (number of steps to navigate) for alternative routes.
    Environment and Behavior 11/2013; 45(8):1019-1032.
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    ABSTRACT: We examined whether the prevalence of commercial diversity, heavy traffic, sidewalks and trees are associated with perceived social cohesion in Los Angeles County neighborhoods and how concentrated disadvantage and perceived danger shape these relationships. Consistent with theoretical expectations, concentrated disadvantage and danger were associated with lower cohesion. The effects of built characteristics on cohesion were moderated by disadvantage and/or perceived danger. Danger moderated the effect of commercial diversity, sidewalks and trees and concentrated disadvantage moderated the coefficients on built variables (excepting trees) such that the magnitude of their effects were stronger in high disadvantage neighborhoods. We conclude that built characteristics appear to matter more for cohesion in high disadvantage neighborhoods and also that approaches to promoting cohesion through the built environment should focus on bolstering residents’ perceptions of safety. approaches to promoting cohesion through the buil
    Environment and Behavior 10/2013;

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