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Perceptions of time in relation to climate change

Pahl, Sabine, Sheppard, Stephen, Boomsma, Christine and Groves, Christopher Robert ORCID: 2014. Perceptions of time in relation to climate change. Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Climate Change 5 (3) , pp. 375-388. 10.1002/wcc.272

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Time is at the heart of understanding climate change, from the perspective of both natural and social scientists. This article selectively reviews research on time perception and temporal aspects of decision making in sociology and psychology. First we briefly describe the temporal dimensions that characterize the issue of climate change. Second, we review relevant theoretical approaches and empirical findings. Then we propose an integration of these insights for the problem of climate change and discuss mismatches between the human mind, surrounding social dynamics, and climate change. Finally, we discuss the implications of this article for understanding and responding to climate change, and make suggestions on how we can use the strengths of the human mind and social dynamics to communicate climate change in its temporal context.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Social Sciences (Includes Criminology and Education)
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Q Science > Q Science (General)
Publisher: Wiley
ISSN: 1757-7799
Date of Acceptance: 12 November 2013
Last Modified: 25 Oct 2022 09:20

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