Normative Social Influence is Underdetected

Nolan, J. M., Schultz, P. W., Cialdini, R. B., Goldstein, N. J., Griskevicius V. (2008). Normative Social Influence is Underdetected. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 34 (7), 913-923.
The present research investigated the persuasive impact and detectability of normative social influence. The first study surveyed 810 Californians about energy conservation and fo…

The Constructive, Destructive, and Reconstructive Power of Social Norms

Schultz P. W., Nolan J. M., Cialdini R. B., Goldstein N. J., Griskevicius Vladas (2007). The Constructive, Destructive, and Reconstructive Power of Social Norms. Psychological Science, 18(5), 429-434.
Despite a long tradition of effectiveness in laboratory tests, normative messages have had mixed success in changing behavior in field contexts, with some studies showing boomeran…

How Do Socio-demographic and Psychological Factors Relate to Households Direct and Indirect Energy Use and Savings?

Abrahamse, W. & Steg, L. (2009). How Do Socio-demographic and Psychological Factors Relate to Households Direct and Indirect Energy Use and Savings?. Journal of Economic Psychology, 30, 711-720.
Households constitute an important target group for energy conservation. They not only use energy in a direct way (gas, electricity and fuel) but also in an indirect way (embedded…

Social Norms and Cooperation in Real-life Social Dilemmas

Thogersen, J. (2008). Social norms and cooperation in real-life social dilemmas. Journal of Economic Psychology, 29(4), 458-472.
The hypothesis, that injunctive and descriptive norms interact positively or synergistically to promote cooperation in social dilemmas, is tested in the context of a survey study …

Exploring Individual-Level Factors Related to Employee Energy-Conservation Behaviors at Work

Scherbaum, C., Popovich, P., & Finlinson, S. (2008). Exploring individual-level factors related to employee energy-conservation behaviors at work. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 38(3), 818-835.
The higher costs of energy have increased organizations' interest in searching for ways to reduce energy use. Typically, organizations have utilized structural or operational chan…

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

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 …

Consumer Voices: Adoption of Residential Energy-Efficient Practices

Niemeyer, S. (2010). Consumer voices: Adoption of residential energy-efficient practices. International Journal of Consumer Studies, 34(2), 140-145. doi:10.1111/j.1470-6431.2009.00841.x.
The purpose of this research is to identify constraining variables that may impinge on adopting energy-efficient practices, materials, equipment and technology in households. The …

Compliance Motivations: Affirmative and Negative Bases

May, P. (2004). Compliance motivations: Affirmative and negative bases. Law & Society Review, 38(1), 41-65. doi:10.1111/j.0023-9216.2004.03801002.x.
This research addresses affirmative and negative motivations for compliance with social and environmental regulations. Affirmative motivations emanate from good intentions and a s…

Understanding Air Force Members' Intentions to Participate in Pro-environmental Behaviors: An Application of the Theory of Planned Behavior

Laudenslager, M., Holt, D., & Lofgren, S. (2004). Understanding air force members' intentions to participate in pro-environmental behaviors: An application of the theory of planned behavior. Perceptual and Motor Skills, 98(3,Pt2), 1162-1170. doi:10.2466/PMS.98.4.1162-1170.
At a single installation, a cross section of 307 active duty Air Force members completed questionnaires to assess whether the theory of planned behavior was useful in explaining t…

How do Small and Medium Enterprises Go Green? A Study of Environmental Management Programs in the U.S. Wine Industry

Cordano, M., Marshall, R., & Silverman, M. (2010). How do small and medium enterprises go green? A study of environmental management programs in the U.S. wine industry. Journal of Business Ethics, 92(3), 463-478. doi:10.1007/s10551-009-0168-z.
In industries populated by small and medium enterprises, managers’ good intentions frequently incur barriers to superior environmental performance (Tilley, Bus Strategy Environ 8:…

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