Psychology and Climate Change : Human Perceptions, Impacts, and Responses
Clayton, Susan (EDT)
Manning, Christie (EDT)
Academic Pr 2018/06
299 p. 23 cm
Lays out the clear relevance of psychological phenomena to perceptions (e.g., risk perception, motivated cognition, denial), impact (threats to mental health, social well-being, and sense of place), and behavior (mitigation and adaptation).
Psychology and Climate Change: Human Perceptions, Impacts, and Responses organizes and summarizes recent psychological research that relates to the issue of climate change. The book covers topics such as how people perceive and respond to climate change, how people understand and communicate about the issue, how it impacts individuals and communities, particularly vulnerable communities, and how individuals and communities can best prepare for and mitigate negative climate change impacts. It addresses the topic at multiple scales, from individuals to close social networks and communities. Further, it considers the role of social diversity in shaping vulnerability and reactions to climate change. Psychology and Climate Change describes the implications of psychological processes such as perceptions and motivations (e.g., risk perception, motivated cognition, denial), emotional responses, group identities, mental health and well-being, sense of place, and behavior (mitigation and adaptation). The book strives to engage diverse stakeholders, from multiple disciplines in addition to psychology, and at every level of decision making - individual, community, national, and international, to understand the ways in which human capabilities and tendencies can and should shape policy and action to address the urgent and very real issue of climate change.
Table of Contents
1. Introduction: Psychology and climate change Part I: Perceptions and Communication 2. Perceptions of climate change 3. Climate change communication: Challenges, insights, and opportunities 4. Social construction of scientifically grounded climate change discussions 5. A diversity science approach to climate change Part II: Responding to Climate Change 6. Understanding responses to climate change: Psychological barriers to mitigation and a new theory of behavioral choice 7. Contributions of psychology to limiting climate change: Opportunities through consumer behavior 8. Environmental protection through societal change: What psychology knows about collective climate action and what it needs to find out Part III: Wellbeing and Resilience 9. Threats to mental health and wellbeing associated with climate change 10. Individual impacts and resilience 11. Psychological perspectives on community resilience and climate change: Insights, examples, and directions for future research