Construal-level theory and psychological distancing: : Implications for grand environmental challenges

Wang, Susie and Hurlstone, Mark and Leviston, Zoe and Walker, Iain and Lawrence, Carmen (2021) Construal-level theory and psychological distancing: : Implications for grand environmental challenges. One Earth, 4 (4). pp. 482-486. ISSN 2590-3330

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Research in social and cognitive sciences has used the construal-level theory (CLT) of psychological distance as a framework for understanding environmental challenges, such as climate change. This primer explains how psychological distance and construal level theory can help to understand responses to environmental challenges, from the perceptions and social construction of environmental issues as distant and abstract, to implications for decision making and action toward long-term targets. We also reflect on areas where the theory and concepts are less useful, when assuming that psychological distance and construal level can be easily reduced or altered to promote lasting changes to environmental action.

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One Earth
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This is the author’s version of a work that was accepted for publication in One Earth. Changes resulting from the publishing process, such as peer review, editing, corrections, structural formatting, and other quality control mechanisms may not be reflected in this document. Changes may have been made to this work since it was submitted for publication. A definitive version was subsequently published in One Earth, 4:4, 482-486, 2021 DOI: 10.1016/j.oneear.2021.03.009
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