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  Cooperative phenotype predicts climate change belief and pro-environmental behaviour

Kelly, D., Claessens, S., Sibley, C. G., Chaudhuri, A., & Atkinson, Q. D. (2021). Cooperative phenotype predicts climate change belief and pro-environmental behaviour. PsyArXiv Preprints, qu7v4. doi:10.31234/osf.io/qu7v4.

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Kelly, Daniel, Author
Claessens, Scott, Author
Sibley, Chris G, Author
Chaudhuri, Ananish, Author
Atkinson, Quentin Douglas1, Author              
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1Linguistic and Cultural Evolution, Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History, Max Planck Society, ou_2074311              

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Free keywords: climate change belief, cooperation, motivated reasoning, pro-environmental behaviour
 Abstract: Understanding the psychological causes of variation in climate change belief and pro-environmental behaviour remains an urgent challenge for the social sciences. The “cooperative phenotype” is a stable psychological preference for cooperating in social dilemmas that involve a tension between individual and collective interest. Since climate change poses a social dilemma on a global scale, this issue may evoke similar psychological processes as smaller social dilemmas. Here, we investigate the relationships between the cooperative phenotype and climate change belief and behaviour with a representative sample of New Zealanders (n = 897). By linking behaviour in a suite of economic games to self-reported climate attitudes, we show robust positive associations between the cooperative phenotype and both climate change belief and pro-environmental behaviour. Furthermore, our mediation analyses support a motivated reasoning model in which the relationship between the cooperative phenotype and pro-environmental behaviour is fully mediated by climate change belief. These findings suggest that common psychological mechanisms underlie cooperation in both micro-scale social dilemmas and larger-scale social dilemmas like climate change.

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Language(s): eng - English
 Dates: 2021-07-25
 Publication Status: Published online
 Pages: 33
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 Table of Contents: Results and discussions
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- Power analysis
- Participants and sampling
- Materials
- Procedure
- Statistical analyses
 Rev. Type: No review
 Identifiers: DOI: 10.31234/osf.io/qu7v4
Other: shh2304
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Title: PsyArXiv Preprints
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