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Using Public Service Announcements to Change Behavior: No More Money and Oil Down the Drain

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Nolan, J., Schultz, P., & Knowles, E. (2009). Using public service announcements to change behavior: No more money and oil down the drain. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 39(5), 1035-1056.
Radio and television offer promising media for addressing large-scale social problems. Unfortunately, very few mass-media messages have utilized social psychological theories of p…

Changing Homeowners' Use of Toxic Household Products: A Transactional Approach

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Werner, C. (2003). Changing homeowners' use of toxic household products: A transactional approach. Journal of Environmental Psychology, 23(1), 33-45
The present article examines how a multilevel persuasion program might induce environmental attitude and behavior change. An education and behavior change program was developed to…

The Effect of Tailored Information, Goal Setting, and Tailored Feedback on Household Energy Use, Energy-Related Behaviors, and Behavioral Antecedents

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Abrahamse, W., Steg, L., Vlek, C., & Rothengatter, T. (2007). The effect of tailored information, goal setting, and tailored feedback on household energy use, energy-related behaviors, and behavioral antecedents. Journal of Environmental Psychology, 27(4), 265-276.
In this multidisciplinary study, an Internet-based tool was used to encourage households (N = 189) to reduce their direct (gas, electricity and fuel) and indirect energy use (embe…

Smarter Choices: Assessing the Potential to Achieve Traffic Reduction Using 'Soft Measures'

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Cairns, S., Sloman, L., Newson, C., Anable, J., Kirkbride, A., Goodwin, P. (2008). Smarter choices: Assessing the potential to achieve traffic reduction using 'Soft measures'. Transport Reviews, 28(5), 593-618.
In recent years, there has been a growing interest in a range of transport policy initiatives which are designed to influence people's travel behaviour away from single-occupancy …

Implementing a Community-Based Social Marketing Program to Increase Recycling

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Haldeman, T. & Turner, J. (2009). Implementing a community-based social marketing program to increase recycling. Social Marketing Quarterly, 15(3), 114-127.
This article examines the effectiveness of implementing a community-based social marketing program to increase recycling. Researchers went door-to-door in a 200-home community dis…

Responses to Within-Group Criticism: Does Past Adherence to Group Norms Matter?

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Tarrant, M., & Campbell, E. (2007). Responses to within-group criticism: Does past adherence to group norms matter?. European Journal of Social Psychology, 37(6), 1187-1202. doi:10.1002/ejsp.441.
Two studies tested the hypothesis that responses to within-group criticism are influenced by perceptions of a critic's prior adherence to ingroup norms. Participants responded to …

Putting Text in Context: The Conflict Between Pro-Ecological Messages and Anti-Ecological Descriptive Norms

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Oceja, L., & Berenguer, J. (2009). Putting text in context: The conflict between pro-ecological messages and anti-ecological descriptive norms. The Spanish Journal of Psychology, 12(2), 657-666.
In the present work we test whether the effectiveness of ecological messages may be canceled out when they conflict with the descriptive norm that is salient in the situation. In …

An Explication of Social Norms

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Lapinski, M., & Rimal, R. (2005). An Explication of Social Norms. Communication Theory, 15(2), 127-147. doi:10.1111/j.1468-2885.2005.tb00329.x.
This article identifies four factors for consideration in norms-based research to enhance the predictive ability of theoretical models. First, it makes the distinction between per…

Social Identity, Self-Categorization, and the Communication of Group Norms

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Hogg, M., & Reid, S. (2006). Social identity, self-categorization, and the communication of group norms. Communication Theory, 16(1), 7-30. doi:10.1111/j.1468-2885.2006.00003.x.
We articulate the role of norms within the social identity perspective as a basis for theorizing a number of manifestly communicative phenomena. We describe how group norms are co…

Car Use of Young Adults: The Role of Travel Socialization

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Haustein, S., Klöckner, C., & Blöbaum, A. (2009). Car use of young adults: The role of travel socialization. Transportation Research Part F: Traffic Psychology and Behaviour, 12(2), 168-178. doi:10.1016/j.trf.2008.10.003.
This study evaluates how different aspects of travel socialization during childhood and adolescence contribute to the explanation of travel mode choice in young adulthood. In an o…

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