Janet Swim

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Professor, Psychology

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I use correlational and experimental research to study how people make sense of and choose to respond to social and environmental problems in order to facilitate individual and collective participation in creating conditions where all may live more harmoniously with other people and the planet now and in the future.  This year we are studying how time spent in nature can change the way people view themselves and their relation with nature, implications of different ways of understanding our interdependence with nature on how we view our relationship with animals and nature, and the ways that our emotions are related to the way we communicate about environmental problems and whether we behave sustainably.

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Recent Publications

How do I feel when I think about taking action? Hope and boredom, not anxiety and helplessness, predict intentions to take climate action

Geiger, N., Swim, J. K., Gasper, K., Fraser, J. & Flinner, K., Aug 2021, In: Journal of Environmental Psychology. 76, 101649.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

Using the three-pillar model of sustainability to understand lay reactions to climate policy: A multilevel approach

Geiger, N., Swim, J. K. & Benson, L., Dec 2021, In: Environmental Science and Policy. 126, p. 132-141 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

Diminished Public Self-Awareness in Nature Contributes to the Positive Effects of Contact with Nature on Connectedness to Nature

Lengieza, M. L. & Swim, J. K., Sep 2021, In: Ecopsychology. 13, 3, p. 210-218 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

旅行结束后生活意义幸福感的思考对情感,自我超越和博爱的影响

Translated title of the contribution: Effects of post-trip eudaimonic reflections on affect, self-transcendence and philanthropyLengieza, M. L., Swim, J. K. & Hunt, C. A., Jan 1 2021, In: Service Industries Journal. 41, 5-6, p. 285-306 22 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

Indigenous Alaskan and mainstream identification explain the link between perceived discrimination and acculturative stress

Mallett, R. K., Patrianakos, J. & Swim, J., 2021, In: Journal of Social Psychology. 161, 5, p. 593-607 15 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

The Greta Thunberg Effect: Familiarity with Greta Thunberg predicts intentions to engage in climate activism in the United States

Sabherwal, A., Ballew, M. T., van der Linden, S., Gustafson, A., Goldberg, M. H., Maibach, E. W., Kotcher, J. E., Swim, J. K., Rosenthal, S. A. & Leiserowitz, A., Apr 2021, In: Journal of Applied Social Psychology. 51, 4, p. 321-333 13 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

Not out of MY bank account! Science messaging when climate change policies carry personal financial costs

Swim, J. K., Geiger, N. & Guerriero, J. G., 2021, (Accepted/In press) In: Thinking and Reasoning.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

Policy attributes, perceived impacts, and climate change policy preferences

Swim, J. K. & Geiger, N., Oct 2021, In: Journal of Environmental Psychology. 77, 101673.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

Sustainability and Consumption: What's Gender Got to Do with It?

Bloodhart, B. & Swim, J. K., Mar 1 2020, In: Journal of Social Issues. 76, 1, p. 101-113 13 p.

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Towards a Psychology of the Food-Energy-Water Nexus: Costs and Opportunities

Dreyer, S. J., Kurz, T., Prosser, A. M. B., Abrash Walton, A., Dennings, K., McNeill, I., Saber, D. A. & Swim, J. K., Mar 1 2020, In: Journal of Social Issues. 76, 1, p. 136-149 14 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review