Personal experience and the ‘psychological distance’ of climate change: An integrative review

  title={Personal experience and the ‘psychological distance’ of climate change: An integrative review},
  author={Rachel I. McDonald and Hui Yi. Chai and Ben R. Newell},
  journal={Journal of Environmental Psychology},
Studies examining personal experiences of climate change-related events highlight the potential to encourage climate action by framing it as happening now, in your neighborhood, and affecting people like you – that is, psychologically close. We compare this literature to studies that examine psychological distance. The review reveals a disconnect: while studies of personal experience suggest merits of reducing psychological distance, other studies present a more nuanced picture in which… Expand
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