American Psychological Association proposes using tricks to change views on environmental issues

The American Psychological Association seriously proposes that

Armed with new research into what makes some people environmentally conscious and others less so, the 148,000-member American Psychological Association is stepping up efforts to foster a broader sense of eco-sensitivity that the group believes will translate into more public action to protect the planet.

"We know how to change behavior and attitudes. That is what we do," says Yale University psychologist Alan Kazdin, association president. "We know what messages will work and what will not." . . .

In two studies, psychologist Amara Brook of California's Santa Clara University and colleague Jennifer Crocker of the University of Michigan asked 212 undergraduates about their ecological footprint. For those not heavily invested in the environment, negative feedback about their ecological footprint actually undermines their environmental behavior, they found.

"Rather than changing their ways to protect the environment, the results of this study suggest that these (people) may give up on their efforts to protect the environment," they report.

But negative feedback for those more invested in the environment promotes more sustainable behavior, they found.



Blogger Harry Schell said...

Seems to me it was a different topic but didn't Goebbels and Stalin, Mao, a few others, figure all this stuff out a while ago and use the principles to sell their respective versions of a bright future?

Hardly sounds new...or more honest.

8/14/2008 9:29 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I guess the Hippocratic Oath of "first do no harm" should be amended to "first do no harm to the environment." But then again, psychologists aren't real doctors, are they?

If these guys actually know how to change (manipulate) people's attitudes, why don't they have honest jobs in advertising, rather than spending their time and effort warping the minds of students to conform with their personal (eco-liberal) views. Whatever happened to the concept of "education." Oh, yeah, Harry is right. Stalin and Mao did build up their own educational systems.

All in the name of planet worship.

8/15/2008 4:16 AM  

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