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Title: Dialectical versus linear thinking shapes people's anticipation of climate change
Authors: Li, Liman Man Wai
Mei, Dongmei
Li, Wen-Qiao
Ito, Kenichi
Keywords: Social sciences::Psychology
Issue Date: 2021
Source: Li, L. M. W., Mei, D., Li, W.-Q., & Ito, K. (2021). Dialectical versus linear thinking shapes people's anticipation of climate change. Frontiers in Psychology, 11, 623591-. doi:10.3389/fpsyg.2020.623591
Project: BSEWWT2017_04
Journal: Frontiers in Psychology
Abstract: Dialectical thinking refers to a constellation of beliefs that consist of expectation of change, tolerance of contradiction, and holism. The current research explored whether dialectical thinking would affect people's anticipation of climate change, which has been propagated globally. Study 1 compared the responses between Chinese participants, representing people from cultures that promote dialectical thinking, and North American participants, representing people from cultures that promote linear thinking. The results showed that Chinese participants demonstrated a stronger non-linear pattern regarding the anticipation of climate change as compared with American participants, in which Chinese participants were more likely to anticipate a stable trend but less likely to anticipate an increasing trend for global warming. Study 2 with a manipulation of dialectical and linear thinking was conducted and provided some generally supportive evidence for the causal relation between dialectical beliefs and the anticipation of climate change. Implications for cross-cultural environmental research and international climate change education programs were discussed.
ISSN: 1664-1078
DOI: 10.3389/fpsyg.2020.623591
Rights: © 2021 Li, Mei, Li and Ito. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY). The use, distribution or reproduction in other forums is permitted, provided the original author(s) and the copyright owner(s) are credited and that the original publication in this journal is cited, in accordance with accepted academic practice. No use, distribution or reproduction is permitted which does not comply with these terms.
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