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Amanda L. Mahaffey

Amanda L. Mahaffey

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I study attitudes, attitude change, emotion, decision making, and social influence, specifically applied to the domains of gender, sexuality, politics, and environmental sustainability.

My current research involves questions of environmental sustainability. I am interested in attitudes toward sustainability, the sociocognitive processes related to those attitudes, social influence on those attitudes and behaviors, and applications of persuasive methods for changing sustainability attitudes and behaviors.

Climate change is the most pressing societal issue of our lifetime. All other issues become irrelevant if we cannot gain control of our climate and sustain ourselves on our planet. 75% of people surveyed say they care about the environment, yet their actual behavior shows differently. I seek to find methods of changing sustainability behavior. So far we know that neither attitudes, nor intentions, nor knowledge predict sustainability behavior, but social norms, social influence, and self-efficacy do. I’m currently looking into previously unstudied connections to sustainability behavior, such as wellbeing, materialism, and social relations.

Primary Interests:

  • Applied Social Psychology
  • Attitudes and Beliefs
  • Emotion, Mood, Affect
  • Evolution and Genetics
  • Gender Psychology
  • Judgment and Decision Making
  • Neuroscience, Psychophysiology
  • Persuasion, Social Influence
  • Political Psychology
  • Prejudice and Stereotyping
  • Sexuality, Sexual Orientation
  • Social Cognition

Journal Articles:

Courses Taught:

  • Clashing Views on Psychological Issues
  • Emotion
  • Norms, Persuasion and Social Influence
  • Personality
  • Psychology of Gender
  • Research Methods
  • Social Psychology
  • Sustainability Psychology

Amanda L. Mahaffey
Centre for Psychological Research and Social Intervention
ISCTE- Lisbon University Institute
Av. Forcas Armadas
1649-026 Lisbon
Portugal

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