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Elizabeth K. Nisbet

Elizabeth K. Nisbet

My research focuses on individual differences in subjective connectedness with nature ("nature relatedness") and the links with health, well-being/happiness, and environmentally sustainable behaviour. Some of the research questions I am investigating are:

(1) How does nature contact and exposure to nature images influence human psychological and physical health (e.g., well-being, happiness, stress and coping)?

(2) What are the consequences of disconnection from nature for environmental decision-making and sustainable behaviours?

(3) What are the personality correlates (e.g., materialism, Big 5, self-concept/identity) of nature relatedness and how do life experiences shape it (e.g., growing up in urban/rural environments)?

(4) How malleable is connectedness and what interventions influence nature relatedness (e.g., environmental education, nature experiences, virtual immersion)?

Primary Interests:

  • Applied Social Psychology
  • Attitudes and Beliefs
  • Emotion, Mood, Affect
  • Health Psychology
  • Life Satisfaction, Well-Being
  • Motivation, Goal Setting
  • Personality, Individual Differences
  • Persuasion, Social Influence
  • Self and Identity

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Other Publications:

  • Nisbet, E. K., Zelenski, J. M., & Murphy, S. A. (2007). The human nature connection: Sustainable development policy implications. In G. B. Doern (Ed.), Innovation, Science, Environment: Canadian Policies and Performance, 2007-2008 (pp. 200-218). Montreal: McGill-Queen’s University Press.

Courses Taught:

  • Environmental Psychology
  • Health Psychology
  • Motivation and Emotion
  • Personality Psychology

Elizabeth K. Nisbet
Department of Psychology
DNA Building
Trent University
Peterborough, ON K9J7B8
Canada

  • Phone: (705) 748-1011, extension 7855

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