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Climate change beliefs and attitudes relationship to informational influences and demographic factors
Linköping University, Department of Computer and Information Science.
2019 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

One of the biggest challenges for the modern society is that of climate change. Despite the growing accumulation of scientific evidence that points towards a strong need for action to be made regarding anthropogenic (human made) climate change, there is a lack of unity in what actions are needed and an outspread passivity amongst both establishments and the public. The reason behind this is attributed to lack of belief in anthropogenic climate change, and lack of pro-environmental attitudes amongst the public. Furthermore, these issues have been found to relate to identity related beliefs and attitudes that conflict with pro-environmental beliefs and attitudes, where political orientation has proven to be a strong factor. One way of dealing with these issues could be through informational influences. By presenting people to information shaped in different ways, one could increase the belief in anthropogenic climate change and pro-environmental attitudes. This study examined the relationship between three different informational influences, and its potential effect on climate change beliefs and attitudes. Furthermore, this study examined the relationship between demographic factors such as age, gender and political orientation with regards to their potential effect on climate change beliefs and attitudes. 449 participants completed a survey with intent to measure the potential effects informational influences and demographic factors had on climate change beliefs and attitudes. Despite that indications where found, no significant results could be identified for the informational influences. All demographic factors had some significant effect on climate change beliefs or attitudes, where political orientation was the strongest influencing factor. This relates to earlier research and further implications were discussed for future studies.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2019. , p. 64
Keywords [en]
Climate Change, Influence, Identity, Cognitive Dissonance, Cognitive Consistency, Motivated Cognition
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Psychology Applied Psychology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-159208ISRN: LIU-IDA/KOGVET-A--19/009--SEOAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-159208DiVA, id: diva2:1340472
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All For Eco
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Cognitive science
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2019-06-13, 14:00 (Swedish)
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Available from: 2019-08-15 Created: 2019-08-05 Last updated: 2019-08-15Bibliographically approved

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