October 16, 2015

CITIES WERE A MISTAKE:

Exposure to Nature Promotes Cooperation (TOM JACOBS, 10/16/15, Pacific Standard)

In the Journal of Environmental Psychology, a team led by Carleton University's John Zelenski describes three studies in which participants who watched short nature videos (some as brief as two minutes) were subsequently more likely to act in cooperative ways, such as harvesting virtual fish in a way that promotes sustainability. Even distressing nature scenes, such as a wolf pack hunting and killing an elk, had a positive effect.

The results support the notion that exposure to the natural world seems to "shift people's preferences from immediate gratification to larger but more distant payoffs"...

Posted by at October 16, 2015 6:17 PM
  

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