Conservation Psychology: Understanding and Promoting Human Care for Nature

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John Wiley & Sons, Apr 20, 2009 - Nature - 253 pages
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This textbook introduces the reader to the new and emerging field of Conservation Psychology, which explores connections between the study of human behavior and the achievement of conservation goals.

People are often cast as villains in the story of environmental degradation, seen primarily as a threat to healthy ecosystems and an obstacle to conservation. But humans are inseparable from natural ecosystems. Understanding how people think about, experience, and interact with nature is crucial for promoting environmental sustainability as well as human well-being.

The book first summarizes theory and research on human cognitive, emotional, and behavioral responses to nature and goes on to review research on people's experience of nature in wild, managed, and urban settings. Finally, it examines ways to encourage conservation-oriented behavior at both individual and societal levels. Throughout, the authors integrate a wide body of published literature to demonstrate how and why psychology is relevant to promoting a more sustainable relationship between humans and nature.
 

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A fantastic gateway to understanding psychology and development in human beings. How odes our development and psychology effect our relationship with the natural word? What specific events influence attitudes and cognition? Written in a cozy, readable format with appropriate illustrations this book is a very interesting introduction to Conservation Psychology!! 

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Gene Myers, AM'88, PhD'94 Coauthor From our pages (Mar–Apr/10): "When discussing humanity's place in the ecosystem, critics invariably label humans as villains. Whether through pollution or ... Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
1
Section 2
15
Section 3
34
Section 4
41
Section 5
47
Section 6
49
Section 7
54
Section 8
67
Section 14
94
Section 15
101
Section 16
106
Section 17
119
Section 18
121
Section 19
143
Section 20
150
Section 21
154

Section 9
71
Section 10
73
Section 11
82
Section 12
83
Section 13
91
Section 22
162
Section 23
167
Section 24
180
Section 25
198

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About the author (2009)

Susan Clayton is a professor of social psychology at the College of Wooster. Her research aims to understand the ways in which people relate to nature, as well as to investigate broader issues of identity and justice. She is a past president of the Society for Population and Environmental Psychology.

Olin Eugene (Gene) Myers Jr. is Associate Professor at Huxley College of the Environment at Western Washington University, where he offers courses in conservation psychology, human ecology, environmental ethics, and is extensively involved in undergraduate and graduate programs in environmental education. His research interests are wide-ranging and include psychology and anthrozoology as applied to conservation.

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