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Behavioural Psychology and Climate Change


As a teacher of Psychology in the Social Sciences you can use this video to teach your students aspects of behavioural science, explain the limitations of our brains in perceiving climate change, and discuss potential behavioural science solutions to the climate crisis.

Through this video students will understand the concept of psychological distance and how that impacts individual behaviour towards climate change. Students will learn about the limitations of the human mind and how effective personal, visual images can be in choosing sustainable lifestyles. Furthermore, students will learn the stages of behavioural psychology from cognitive perception to emotional relation to behaviour change.

Use this tool to help your students find answers to:

  1. What is behavioural psychology?
  2. How do cognitive and psychological factors like ‘psychological distance’ influence responses to climate change?
  3. What effective measures can be taken to instigate behavioural changes at an individual level when responding to the climate crisis?
About Tool
Tool Name The Psychology of Climate Change 
Discipline Social Sciences  
Topic(s) in Discipline Psychology, Behavioural Psychology, Climate Psychology, Mental Health, Cognitive Psychology, Psychological Bias, Psychological Distance
Climate Topic Climate and Society
Type of tool Video (30 mins)
Grade Level Undergraduate
Location United States, North America
Language English
Translation      –
Developed by Sabine Pahl, University of Plymouth 
Hosted at PICSCanada
Access Online
Computer Skills Basic

Mapped Sustainable Development Goal(s), apart from 4 and 13


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