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Impacts of Climate Change on Behavioural and Cognitive Psychology


This reading resource can be used by educators teaching Psychology or Social Sciences to show the psychological dimensions of climate change. It contains six sections that include information on how people understand the risks imposed by climate change, human behavioral contributions to climate change, psycho-social impacts of climate change, how people adapt and cope with perceived threats due to climate change, psychological barriers that limit climate change action, and how psychologists can assist in limiting climate change.

Students will learn about behavioural and cognitive psychology and the impacts of climate change. They will also learn about how societies respond, adapt and mitigate climate change impacts. Students will further learn about the challenges that human psychology poses on collective climate action and hence the need to understand it

Use this tool to help your students find answers to:

  1. What are the psycho-social impacts of climate change?
  2. How can the understanding of behavioural and cognitive psychology inform climate action?
About Tool
Tool Name Psychology and Global Climate Change: Addressing a Multi-faceted Phenomenon and Set of Challenges
Discipline Social Sciences, Environmental Sciences
Topic(s) in Discipline Human Health, Psychology, Behavioural Psychology, Cognitive Psychology, Mental Health, Psycho-Social Impacts, Psychological Barriers, Adaptation and Mitigation, Collective Climate Action, Psychology, Climate Psychology
Climate Topic Climate and Health, Climate and the Anthroposphere
Type of tool Reading
Grade Level Undergraduate
Location      –
Language English
Translation      –
Developed by American Psychological Association Task Force on the Interface Between Psychology and Global Climate Change
Hosted at American Psychological Association
Access Online
Computer Skills Basic

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


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