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Does perception of automation undermine pro-environmental behaviour? Findings from three everyday settings

Murtagh, Niamh, Gatersleben, Birgitta, Cowen, Laura and Uzzell, David (2015) Does perception of automation undermine pro-environmental behaviour? Findings from three everyday settings Journal of Environmental Psychology, 42. pp. 139-148.

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Abstract

The global deployment of technology to aid mitigation of climate change has great potential but the realisation of much of this potential depends on behavioural response. A culturally pervasive reliance on and belief in technology raises the risk that dependence on technology will hamper human actions of mitigation. Theory suggests that ‘green’ behaviour may be undermined by automated technology but empirical investigation has been lacking. We examined the effect of automation on three everyday behaviours with environmental impact. Based on evidence from observational and experimental studies, we demonstrated that the prospect of automation can undermine even simple actions for sustainability. Further, we examined the process by which automated technology influences behaviour and found that automation may impair personal responsibility for action.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences > School of Psychology
Authors :
NameEmailORCID
Murtagh, NiamhUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Gatersleben, BirgittaUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Cowen, LauraUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Uzzell, DavidD.Uzzell@surrey.ac.ukUNSPECIFIED
Date : 15 April 2015
Identification Number : 10.1016/j.jenvp.2015.04.002
Copyright Disclaimer : © 2015 The Authors. Published by Elsevier Ltd. This is an open access article under the CC BY-NC-ND license (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/).
Depositing User : Jane Hindle
Date Deposited : 21 Aug 2017 08:00
Last Modified : 21 Aug 2017 08:00
URI: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/id/eprint/841976

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