Ritically evaluate psychologists contributions to the promotion of pro-environmental behaviour


Lecture 4: Promoting pro-environmental behaviour

Required reading

Dickerson, C., Thibodeau, R., Aronson, E., and Miller, D. (1992). Using cognitive dissonance to
encourage water conservation. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 22, 841-854.

Additional reading

Abrahamse, W., Steg, L., Vlek, C. & Rothengatter, T. (2005). A review of intervention studies aimed
at household energy conservation. Journal of Environmental Psychology, 25, 273-291.
Cialdini, R.B., Demaine, L.J., Sagarin, B.J., Barrett, D.W., Rhoads, K. & Winter, P.L. (2006).
Managing social norms for persuasive impact. Social Influence, 1, 1, 3-15. MODULE HANDBOOK 2013/2014
Hornsey, M.J., Blackwood, L., Louis, W., Fielding, K, Mavor, K., Morton, T., OaBrien, A., Paasonen,
K-E, Smith, J. & White, K.M. (2006). Why do people engage in collective action? Revisiting
the role of perceived effectiveness. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 36, 7, 1701-1722.
Sparks, P., Jessop, D.C., Chapman, J. & Holmes, K. (2010). Pro-environmental actions, climate
change and defensiveness: Do self-affirmations make a difference to peopleas motives and
beliefs about making a difference? British Journal of Social Psychology, 49, 3, 553-568.
Van Vugt, M. (2009). Averting the tragedy of the commons: using social psychological science to
protect the environment. Current Directions in Psychological Science, 18, 3, 169-173.