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Human Cognition and Climate Denial


A video titled ‘Cognition of Climate Change Denial’ by Stephen Lewandowsky, University of Western Australia, that explains how human cognition processes and responds to climate change. The video discusses different psychological and cognitive factors, perceptions, attitudes, and individual political beliefs that influence the way people address the issue of climate change.

Students will learn about different psychological factors that influence society to either accept or deny climate change. Using climate science data, they will also learn about how capitalism and politics can influence mass opinions on who could be responsible for contributing to global warming. Students will further learn how opinions, attitudes and perceptions can change the way society addresses, reacts, mitigates and adapts to climate change.

Use this tool to help your students find answers to:

  1. What cognitive and psychological factors influence climate change responses?
  2. How can behavioural science provide solutions to the climate crisis?
About Tool
Tool Name Cognition of Climate Change Denial
Discipline Social Sciences
Topic(s) in Discipline Psychology, Climate Psychology, Cognitive Psychology, Behavioral Psychology, Climate Change Denial, Capitalism
Climate Topic Climate and Society
Type of tool Video (22 mins)
Grade Level Undergraduate
Location Global
Language English
Translation      –
Developed by Stephen Lewandowsky at the University of Sydney 
Hosted at YouTube
Access Online
Computer Skills Basic

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


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