California Polytechnic State University
San Luis Obispo, California
perspective-taking, environmental concern, biospheric concern, conservation, pollution
The present study tested the effectiveness of perspective-taking as a strategy to evoke environmental concern in visitors to the Monterey Bay Aquarium. Visitors viewed one of two types of shows at the Aquarium: one show in which visitors were asked to take the perspective of the Laysan Albatross, a seabird threatened by plastic pollution; and a virtually identical show that did not encourage visitors to take the perspective of the bird. I hypothesized that there would be a significant difference in self-reported environmental concern in visitors who were asked to take the perspective of the threatened species of Albatross, compared to visitors that did not. Second, I hypothesized that visitors who were asked to take the perspective of the Albatross would have more biospheric concern than non-perspective-taking visitors. The goal of this study was to replicate the findings of Schultz (2000) in a field setting. Perspective-taking can be used as a tool by organizations outside of the psychological discipline to help repair the environment, which is essential if we hope to preserve it for future generations.
Coffin, Sarah, "Seeing Through the Eyes of an Albatross: Perspective-Taking at the Monterey Bay Aquarium" (2017). CSU Student Research Competition Delegate Entries. 1.
Additional FilesCoffin_Sarah_CSU Research Competition Abstract.pdf (231 kB)